Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson should be crowned the real queens of Canada after their GOLD MEDAL at home in the Montreal Elite16. They were phenomenal all weekend long, surviving one three-setter after another – against Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes, Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth, Xinyi Xia and Chen Xue, Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles – to win their second gold of the season. On this episode of The Road to Paris, where Travis Mewhirter breaks down the beach volleyball Olympic race, we cover that, as well as:

  • How Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles jumped up to No. 7 in the world in the Olympic race
  • The incredible and budding rivalry of Miles Partain and Andy Benesh, and Anders Mol and Christian Sorum
  • The rise of Xinyi Xia and Chen Xue, who are quickly becoming an elite team
  • Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri extending their lead in the Italian race (and entertaining us all while doing so)

A huge shoutout to Montreal for delivering an awesome event!



Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter have a NEW BOOK! Playbook of Champions: The habits, routines, and stories of Olympians, Champions, and world-class athletes. If you listen to the show – which, if you’re reading this, then you are – then this is the perfect book for you, as it is a distillation of the best golden nuggets from our first five years of the podcast. Check it out on Amazon!

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