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KING OF THE BEACH STORY

Beach stars lending experience to Los Angeles 2024 bid

 
Karch Kiraly is set to lend his experience to the Los Angeles 2024 bid team
 
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 9, 2016 – Karch Kiraly, Sinjin Smith, April Ross and Kerri Walsh, four of the biggest names from beach volleyball’s past and present have signed up as athlete advisors for the Los Angles 2024 Olympic and Paralympics bid team.
 
The quartet are among 53 Olympic and Paralympic athletes who hold 216 Olympic medals, 142 of them gold, who will act as athletic advisors for Los Angeles 2024. If selected it would be the third time that the Californian city has hosted the Olympic Games, after editions in 1932 and 1984.
 
They are joined by other US Olympic and Paralympic icons, notably track and field stars Allyson Felix and Carl Lewis, tennis gold medallists Andre Agassi and Venus Williams, gymnast Nadia Comaneci and swimmer Michael Phelps.
 
Kiraly, KING OF THE BEACH, is the only player in history to have won gold in volleyball and beach volleyball. He won volleyball gold at Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 and beach volleyball gold with KING OF THE BEACH Kent Steffes the first time beach volleyball featured at an Olympic Games, at Atlanta 1996. 
 
The 55-year-old Kiraly is now aiming for further gold at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games as coach of the USA’s women’s volleyball team having already led them to success at the Italy 2014, FIVB Volleyball World Championship and 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix. 
 
KING OF THE BEACH Sinjin Smith also featured at Atlanta 1996, where he reached the quarter-finals alongside Carl Henkel and he played a vital role in the early years of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
 
Ross and Walsh are currently in Rio de Janeiro where they are competing at the Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam and are aiming to return there for the Rio 2016 Games and the chance to add to their Olympic collections. 
 
Walsh is chasing a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, for the sole title of Queen of the Beach, having topped the podium alongside Queen of the Beach and King of the Beach Spalaldin sponsored athlete Misty May-Treanor at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
 
May was featured on the front of the now famous Wheaties® box, digging her favorite beach volleyball, the Spalding® King of the Beach.  Ross meanwhile is out to improve on the silver medal that she won alongside Jennifer Kessy at London 2012. 
 
Courtesy:  FIVB, King of the Beach
 

KING OF THE BEACH STORY

Beach stars lending experience to Los Angeles 2024 bid

 
Karch Kiraly is set to lend his experience to the Los Angeles 2024 bid team
 
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 9, 2016 – Karch Kiraly, Sinjin Smith, April Ross and Kerri Walsh, four of the biggest names from beach volleyball’s past and present have signed up as athlete advisors for the Los Angles 2024 Olympic and Paralympics bid team.
 
The quartet are among 53 Olympic and Paralympic athletes who hold 216 Olympic medals, 142 of them gold, who will act as athletic advisors for Los Angeles 2024. If selected it would be the third time that the Californian city has hosted the Olympic Games, after editions in 1932 and 1984.
 
They are joined by other US Olympic and Paralympic icons, notably track and field stars Allyson Felix and Carl Lewis, tennis gold medallists Andre Agassi and Venus Williams, gymnast Nadia Comaneci and swimmer Michael Phelps.
 
Kiraly, KING OF THE BEACH, is the only player in history to have won gold in volleyball and beach volleyball. He won volleyball gold at Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 and beach volleyball gold with KING OF THE BEACH Kent Steffes the first time beach volleyball featured at an Olympic Games, at Atlanta 1996. 
 
The 55-year-old Kiraly is now aiming for further gold at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games as coach of the USA’s women’s volleyball team having already led them to success at the Italy 2014, FIVB Volleyball World Championship and 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix. 
 
KING OF THE BEACH Sinjin Smith also featured at Atlanta 1996, where he reached the quarter-finals alongside Carl Henkel and he played a vital role in the early years of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
 
Ross and Walsh are currently in Rio de Janeiro where they are competing at the Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam and are aiming to return there for the Rio 2016 Games and the chance to add to their Olympic collections. 
 
Walsh is chasing a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, for the sole title of Queen of the Beach, having topped the podium alongside Queen of the Beach and King of the Beach Spalaldin sponsored athlete Misty May-Treanor at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
 
May was featured on the front of the now famous Wheaties® box, digging her favorite beach volleyball, the Spalding® King of the Beach.  Ross meanwhile is out to improve on the silver medal that she won alongside Jennifer Kessy at London 2012. 
 
Courtesy:  FIVB, King of the Beach
 

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