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Beach Volleyball at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball at the 1996 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


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.

Gold: BRA Brazil-1
Silver: BRA Brazil-2
Bronze: AUS Australia-1


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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Brazil-1 BRA Gold
2 Brazil-2 BRA Silver
3 Australia-1 AUS Bronze
4 United States-1 USA
5T United States-2 USA
5T Japan-1 JPN
7T Germany GER
7T Australia-2 AUS
9T United States-3 USA
9T Great Britain GBR
9T Norway NOR
9T Japan-2 JPN
13T Indonesia INA
13T Netherlands NED
13T Italy ITA
13T France FRA
17T Canada CAN
17T Mexico MEX