The Olympic learning curve of Alix Klineman

Alix Klineman takes away Russia’s Ekaterina Birlova’s line/George Davison photo It seems fast, to an outsider, a normal human being observing the ascent of Alix Klineman. And, to be sure, it is. But there is a reason that nearly two billion people will tune into the Olympic Games this month. There is a reason that… Continue reading The Olympic learning curve of Alix Klineman

Agatha Bednarczuk-Eduarda Lisboa win Gstaad gold in all-Brazilian final

Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Lisboa win gold and cowbells at FIVB Gstaad/FIVB photo Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Lisboa won Gstaad gold in an all-Brazilian final Sunday in the FIVB four-star beach volleyball event in Switzerland, defeating fellow Brazilian Olympians Ana Patricia Silva and Rebecca Cavalcanti 23-21, 21-18 after overcoming a six-point deficit in… Continue reading Agatha Bednarczuk-Eduarda Lisboa win Gstaad gold in all-Brazilian final

Surprise FIVB Gstaad gold for the Netherlands’ Boermans and de Groot

the Netherlands’ Yorick de Groot and Stefan Boermans celebrate in medal play during their first gold medal final together/FIVB photo The Netherlands’ Stefan Boermans and Yorick de Groot defeated Qataris Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan 23-21, 19-21, 15-10 to surprise the field and win their first FIVB four-star gold medal in the pro beach tournament… Continue reading Surprise FIVB Gstaad gold for the Netherlands’ Boermans and de Groot

Claes-Sponcil 9th at FIVB Gstaad, good day for Brazilian women, Russian men

Sarah Sponcil bump sets Kelly Claes in elimination play in Gstaad Friday/FIVB photo The last two USA teams were eliminated Friday in the four-star FIVB Gstaad pro beach volleyball tournament, the last international competition before the Tokyo Olympics. Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil finished in a tie for ninth place in the tournament in Switzerland,… Continue reading Claes-Sponcil 9th at FIVB Gstaad, good day for Brazilian women, Russian men

Claes-Sponcil, Kolinske-Stockman only Americans to advance to Gstaad playoffs

the USA’s Sarah Sponcil plays a ball at FIVB Gstaad/FIVB photo Only two American teams remain entering Friday’s FIVB Gstaad as Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil — who finally lost after winning their previous 13 FIVB matches — and Kelley Kolinske and Emily Stockman await their first-round elimination matches in the four-star pro beach volleyball… Continue reading Claes-Sponcil, Kolinske-Stockman only Americans to advance to Gstaad playoffs