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Beach Olympic Games

Interesting notes:
- The United States has won gold at every Olympic beach showing, either in men's or women's, since the sports inception in 1996.
- There is a limit of two teams per country for the Olympic Games
- In total, there are 96 athletes competing in the beach discipline during the Olympics (48 men, 48 women; 24 teams in each gender medal event)

2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

Venue: Copacabana Beach
Dates: Aug. 5 to Aug. 21

Qualifying for beach:
1. World Championships - One spot available per gender, per country, if team wins. Takes place June 26 - July 5, 2015 in The Netherlands
2. FIVB rankings - Top 15 in both genders by June 12, 2016. Ranking is based on points from Jan. 1, 2015 to June 12, 2016. Maximum of two pairs, per gender, for a country. If the U.S. doesn't win Worlds, two spots could be gained by rankings. If the U.S. wins Worlds, one spot could be gained by rankings.
3. Continental Cup - One spot per confederation. Two teams play against another country, if you win you can earn one spot. If the U.S. earns two spots between the World Championships or rankings, they will not compete in this event. Event June 20-26, 2016
4. FIVB Continental Cup Qualifier - Teams finishing in first or second at this event can earn one spot. This is the last chance to qualify for the 2016 Games. If the U.S. earns two spots between the World Championships, FIVB rankings or Continental Cup, they will not compete in this event. Event July 4-10, 2016.

2012 London Olympic Games

Venue: Horse Guards Parade
Dates: July 28 to Aug. 9
Medals: Gold Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings; Silver Jennifer Kessy and April Ross
*For more information on U.S. beach volleyball teams that competed at the 2012 Olympic Games, click here

NBC 2012 Olympic Games Page | FIVB 2012 Olympic Games Page | Beach Media Resources

2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Venue: Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground
Dates: Aug. 9-22
Medals: Gold Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser; Gold Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor

2004 Athens Olympic Games

Venue: Faliro Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre
Dates: Aug. 14-25
Medals: Gold Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor; Bronze Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs

2000 Sydney Olympic Games

Venue: Bondi Beach
Dates: Sept. 16-26
Medals: Gold Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana

1996 Atlanta Olympic Games

Venue: Atlanta Beach
Dates: July 23-28
Medals: Gold Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes; Silver Michael Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh