You might think of beach volleyball as something to pass the time while the burgers are grilling and the beer is getting cold in the ice chest. But competitive beach volleyball is anything but leisurely. To the contrary, it's one of the most exciting, fast-paced sports imaginable. You've got two lithe, tan athletes in neon swimsuits and wrap-around sunglasses on either side, leaping and diving acrobatically in the sand to keep the ball flying back and forth across the net. Pit two evenly matched teams against one another and you'll see frenetic rallies that seem to go on forever. No wonder it's been part of the summer Olympic games since 1996.
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