Women's competition, Gstaad
From 15 June To 19 June 2004

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Much to the surprise of many cynics and pleasure of Beach Volleyball fans the summer slopes of Gstaad in the Swiss Alps will host a Swatch – FIVB World Tour event for the fifth year running in 2004 and, as has become the norm here, thousands of fans are expected to turn out to cheer on the top women’s players when the Switzerland Open starts in June.

Last year, it was the deadly duo of Misty May and Kerry Walsh from America who triumphed in a fascinating final against Brazil’s Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires Tavares. Of that final, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Kerry Walsh, noted, “that was a sweet victory,” while her partner Misty May mentioned, “we came with a game plan and I think we executed it well and followed it through.”

Adriano Brendao Behar and her playing partner Shelda Kelly Bruno Bede were visibly pleased with their bronze medal winning performance at the tournament.

When the summer months arrive to Gstaad, scenes of endless blue skies, beautiful flowering meadows and strong sunshine are what you can expect in a region where they say there are more cows than people! There is a friendly atmosphere among the mountain folk and should you decide to pay a visit, you will be treated to some fine restaurants, bars and shops.

A wander through the peaceful central village of Gstaad is highly recommended as the zone is traffic free.

While there, some places worth visiting are Castle Oberhofen am Thunersee where you can see a Turkish smoking room and a collection of Bernese related objects. The William Tell open-air theatre is also worth seeing and it is here you can take in a yearly performance of J.C. Friedrich Von Schiller’s drama of the same name.

When the drama of this 2004 Swatch – FIVB Beach Volleyball event in Gstaad draws to a close the men follow straight after, but for the top women’s teams it’s on to Berlin and the first Grand Slam of the season.

Women's Podium 2003


1.
Walsh-May (USA)

2.
Ana Paula-Sandra Pires (BRA)            

3.
Adriana Behar-Shelda (BRA)



 Sandra Pires Tavares  wins the 
 'Speedo Most Valuable Player Award'

Sandra Pires Tavares received the
'SWATCH-Fastest Service Award'
for the semifinals and finals with a time of 69 kmh

 

Women's Podium 2003
1. Walsh-May (USA)
    Interview with Kerri Walsh and Misty May
    Misty May - Biography
    Kerri Walsh - Biography
2. Adriana Behar-Shelda (BRA)
    Interview with Shelda Bruno Bede - Profile
    Interview with Adriana Behar - Biography
3. Pottharst-Cook (AUS)
    Interview with Pottharst-Cook
    Kerri Pottharst Profile
    Natalie Cook Profile