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Beach Volleyball at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Horse Guards Parade, Centre Court, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 8, 2012
Format: Top 16 teams from round-robin pools advanced to the single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA United States-1
Silver: USA United States-2
Bronze: BRA Brazil-1

Summary

London mayor Boris Johnson was able to watch some early rounds of beach volleyball and memorably wrote of the women’s tournament, “As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters.” It was a demeaning description as the event featured one of the most dominant athletic pairs in Olympic history, Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. Walsh and May-Treanor came in as the two-time defending champions, never having lost a set at the Olympics. But after Beijing they had backed off from the sport a bit, getting married, having babies, and May-Treanor competed on the American television show, “Dancing With the Stars,” before she tore her Achilles’ tendon in the process. But the two came back in 2011 and won the World Championships, and although only seeded third, behind Brazil’s [Larissa] and [Juliana] and China’s Xue Chen and Zhang Xi, they were expected to be formidable.

They were. But in pool play they looked vulnerable after losing their first Olympic set to Austria’s sister pairing of [Doris] and Stefanie Schwaiger. They still advanced to the final, by defeating Xue and Zhang in the semis. In the other semi, Americans [Jennifer Kessy] and April Ross shocked Larissa and Juliana to create an all-USA final. The final was a comfortable victory for Walsh and May-Treanor, winning in straight sets, 21-16, 21-16. Their third consecutive gold medal made them only the second team in Olympic victory to win three straight gold medals with identical team members, after [Pavol] and Peter Hochschorner in Canadian canoe slalom doubles in 2000-08. Third place went to Brazil who defeated China 2-1 in the bronze medal match.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal GP W L PTS SF SA PF PA SAtt SF SAce AA AS BS OE TP DS
1 United States-1 USA Gold 7 7 0 14 14 1 307 232 302 18 15 367 189 25 7 7 150
2 United States-2 USA Silver 7 6 1 13 12 5 320 299 315 49 23 359 209 17 7 7 110
3 Brazil-1 BRA Bronze 7 6 1 13 13 3 309 235 303 14 23 332 179 16 7 7 135
4 China CHN 7 4 3 11 10 7 319 278 312 40 28 366 214 22 7 7 129
5T Germany-1 GER 5 3 2 8 7 5 231 217 236 33 17 262 136 13 5 5 77
5T Czech Republic-1 CZE 5 3 2 8 6 7 230 230 230 30 15 304 148 11 5 5 116
5T Italy ITA 5 4 1 9 8 4 222 196 225 24 18 251 126 13 5 5 90
5T Austria AUT 6 3 3 9 8 8 264 266 261 25 18 348 161 15 6 6 117
9T Netherlands-1 NED 5 2 3 7 4 6 172 194 172 36 12 218 100 16 5 5 56
9T Germany-2 GER 4 2 2 6 4 4 146 139 144 17 8 200 109 5 4 4 63
9T Brazil-2 BRA 4 3 1 7 7 4 208 194 207 25 15 216 118 17 4 4 73
9T Switzerland SUI 4 1 3 5 4 6 170 181 172 21 15 208 95 8 4 4 60
9T Netherlands-2 NED 4 1 3 5 4 6 159 168 161 26 7 188 96 5 4 4 65
9T Spain ESP 4 2 2 6 5 5 180 185 177 21 16 190 103 3 4 4 54
9T Russia-1 RUS 4 2 2 6 5 5 180 192 178 27 8 239 116 8 4 4 87
9T Russia-2 RUS 4 2 2 6 6 6 203 202 208 9 14 229 120 20 4 4 87
17T Great Britain GBR 4 1 3 5 2 7 146 178 146 28 9 200 92 7 4 4 61
17T Czech Republic-2 CZE 4 1 3 5 2 6 140 147 141 14 14 170 80 7 4 4 56
19T Argentina ARG 3 0 3 3 0 6 93 127 97 19 11 113 57 6 3 3 16
19T Australia-1 AUS 3 0 3 3 2 6 127 151 127 23 11 152 70 5 3 3 39
19T Australia-2 AUS 3 0 3 3 2 6 136 151 138 9 5 189 80 8 3 3 76
19T Canada CAN 3 0 3 3 3 6 156 176 159 12 12 197 97 7 3 3 51
19T Greece GRE 3 1 2 4 2 5 119 130 121 10 10 145 80 2 3 3 48
19T Mauritius MRI 3 0 3 3 0 6 57 126 62 9 1 109 34 2 3 3 18