This is Episode Six of The Road to Paris, breaking down the Olympic beach volleyball race with Travis Mewhirter. After a month off of @volleyballworld events, the world returned to one of the coolest venues in the sport: Ostrava, Czech Republic, where an extensive defunct industrial area has been converted into a beach volleyball venue. It’s awesome. And apparently Americans love it, as it was a MASSIVE weekend for the USA, including:

– Terese Cannon and Sarah Sponcil jumping up to No. 5 in the Olympic race

– Andy Benesh and Miles Partain winning the USA’s first Elite16 medal

– Qatar’s Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan returning to the Beach Pro Tour

– Brazil’s Olympic race getting very, very interesting with the rise of Evandro Goncalves and Arthur Mariano

And a whole lot more!


*** FACT CHECK NOTE: I made a factual error when talking about Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson. I said they got fifth in AVP New Orleans when, in fact, they took second.


Travis Mewhirter and Kent Steffes just published a seminal work on the history of beach volleyball in their new book, Kings of Summer: The Rise of Beach Volleyball. Check it out on Amazon!!

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