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How Beach Volleyball Grew To Enthrall The World From Its Humble Southern California Roots

July 20, 2016, 12:04 p.m. (ET)

When beach volleyball is contested at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it will mark the sport's 20th anniversary of its Olympic debut. Now one of the most eagerly anticipated sports on the Olympic program, beach volleyball was once a niche, local sport played and loved in southern California. It was the passion of the players and fans in the sport's early days that helped it grow to what it has become.

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