Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Atlanta Beach, Jonesboro, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996
Format: Double-elimination tournament.
The top ranked teams were the Brazilian pairs of Jackie and Sandra and Mônica and Adriana, and the American pair of Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno. But there was some friction within the American pair, as Reno was upset with McPeak, who had had breast implants earlier in 1996, and had not told her partner she was going to do that. Jackie was Jackie Silva, who competed for Brazil in indoor volleyball in 1980 and 1984, but moved to the beach in 1988. She and Sandra Pires had hooked up as a team in 1993 and quickly became the dominant team in the world. In Atlanta, they were easy winners, defeating their countrywomen in the final in two sets, 12-11 and 12-6. In 1997 they returned to win the first official World Championship of beach volleyball. The gold medal was the first ever won by Brazilian women.