Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008
Format: Top 16 teams from round-robin pools advanced to the single-elimination tournament.
After winning the 2004 gold medal, [Misty May] and [Kerri Walsh] had continued their dominance of the women’s pro tour and were overwhelming favorites in Beijing. Since the 2004 Olympics both women had married, and Misty was now Misty May-Treanor, married to major league baseball player Matt Treanor. Walsh married pro beach player Casey Jennings, but was still known only as Kerri Walsh. As they had in 2004, May-Treanor/Walsh played 7 matches and 14 sets, and won them all. But in general the matches were closer than they had been in 2008. The final was played in a downpour against the Chinese pair of [Tian Jia] and [Wang Jie], a rematch of the 2007 World Championships final. Tian and Wang led the first set at 18-17, but May-Treanor and Walsh won the last four points to prevail, 21-18. The Americans got an early lead in the second set, but the Chinese pulled back to lead 9-8. However, May-Treanor and Walsh had too much in the end and won, 21-18, 21-18. The second Chinese team of [Xue Chen] and [Zhang Xi] won the bronze medal.