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  Paris  2006   Women's Grand Slam
26.07.2006 -  29.07.2006



Grand Slam Beach Volleyball in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower

PARIS 2006 - The “fourth-time was a charm” in 2005 as the FIVB and promoter MCO finally secured a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop for Paris.  Teams from Switzerland and the United States captured the inaugural Parris men’s and women’s titles, respectively, in 2005.  Considered by many as the most intriguing site on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the 6,000-seat on the ‘Champ de Mars’ is within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.



Women - The 2005 finale featured a re-match of the two teams that competed for the SWATCH-FIVB World Championship title a month earlier in Berlin as reigning Olympic and World Champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States defeated Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca of Brazil in the inaugural Paris final.



Paris Podium (left to right) - Larissa, Walsh, Tian Jia, May-Treanor, Wang Fei and Juliana



Year - Paris Gold Medal / Paris Silver Medal / Paris Bronze Medal

2005 - Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA / Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil / Tian Jia/Wang Fei, China



Men - The 2005 men’s Paris competition marked the first-time since 1996 that a team from Brazil did not advance to a SWATCH semi-final.  Athens 2004 Olympic bronze medallists Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel captured the inaugural Paris gold as the United States had a team (Jake Gibb/Stein Metzger) in a final for the first time since the 2003.




Paris Podium (left to right) - Metzger, Gibb, Heuscher, Kobel, Schneider and Brink



Year - Paris Gold Medal / Paris Silver Medal / Paris Bronze Medal

2005 - Patrick Heuscher/Stefan Kobel, Switzerland / Jake Gibb/Stein Metzger, USA / Juliue Brink/Kjell Schneider, Germany



Total Medals - Brazil 22, USA 8, Norway 4, Switzerland 4, Argentina 3, Germany 2, Australia 1, Canada 1, Cuba 1, France 1, Italy 1




Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal



Andre Lima/Guilherme Marques, BRA

John Eddo/Sean Fallowfield, USA

Roberto Lopes/Franco Neto, BRA

Cap d Agde


Eddo/Leif Hanson, USA

Andrea Ghiurghi/Dionisio Lequaglie, ITA

Andre Lima/Guilherme Marques, BRA



Jan Kvalheim/Bjorn Maaseide, NOR

Christian Penigaud/J-P Jodard, FRA

Carlos Briceno/Jeff Williams, USA



Emanuel Rego/Ze Marco de Melo, BRA

Kvalheim/Maaseide, NOR

Andre Gomes/Carlos Loss, BRA

La Baule


Roberto Lopes/Franco, BRA

Emanuel/Ze Marco, BRA

John Child/Mark Heese, CAN



Roberto Lopes/Franco, BRA

Carl Henkel/Sinjin Smith, USA

Eduardo Martinez/Martin Conde, ARG



Emanuel/Ricardo, BRA

Guilherme/Para Ferreira, BRA

Kvalheim/Maaseide, NOR



Guilherme/Para, BRA

Emanuel/Ze Marco, BRA

Julie Prosser/Lee Zahner, AUS



Ze Marco/Ricardo Santos, BRA

Jorg Ahmann/Axel Hager, GER

Bill Boullianne/Ian Clark, USA



Jose Loiola/Emanuel, BRA

Martin Laciga/Paul Laciga, SUI

Guilherme/Para, BRA



Ze Marco/Ricardo, BRA

Vegard Hoidalen/Jorre Kjemperud, NOR

Loiola/Emanuel, BRA



Mariano Baracetti.Conde, ARG

Emanuel/Tande Ramos, BRA

Stein Metzger/Kevin Wong, USA



Loiola/Ricardo, BRA

Francisco Alvarez/Juan Rossell, CUB

Emanuel/Tande, BRA



Emanuel/Ricardo, BRA

M. Laciga/P. Laciga, SUI

Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, USA



Marcio Araujo/Benjamin Insfran, BRA

Patrick Heuscher/Stefan Kobel, SUI

Baracetti/Conde, ARG



Heuscher/Kobel, SUI

Jake Gibb/Metzger, USA

Julius Brink/Kjell Schneider, GER



Brazil 12 Golds, Argentina 1, Norway 1,

Brazil 4 Silvers, Switzerland 3, USA 3, Norway 2

Brazil 6 Bronzes, USA 4, Argentina 2,



Switzerland 1, USA 1

Cuba 1, France 1, Germany 1, Italy 1

Australia 1, Canada 1, Germany 1, Norway 1

*FIVB World Championships


Paris secures SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Grand Slam event in 2006 

From left to right: Marc Crousillat, Kai Von Bargen and Pascal Cherki

The FIVB is pleased to confirm February 8 that a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Grand Slam event will once again be staged in the shadow of Paris’s Eiffel Tower from 25 to 30 July 2006 and that the long-term future of the event is secure until 2008.


The 2006 tournament will be presented by the consumer products group Henkel. After the success of the 2005 edition, the group decided to offer major long-term support to the sport by associating its name with the tournament. Thanks to an agreement between event promoter MCO Sports and the FIVB, the Paris event is also secured through until 2008.


From 25 to 30 July, the magnificent site on the Champ de Mars, in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower, will once again welcome the world’s best players. Specifically, these will include 250 athletes from 40 different countries, Athens medallists, World Champions and teams from France. For the six days of the tournament, the public will be able to see any of the 200 matches planned free of charge in a stadium of 6000 places. France’s capital city is one of four Grand Slam stops on the 2006 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour and offers one of the highest prize funds on the tour, with USD 560,000 made available to the best-ranked teams.


Mr Pascal Cherki, assistant to the Mayor of Paris with responsibility for sport, welcomed the news, saying “the municipality of Paris is very happy to welcome the second edition of this international Beach Volleyball tournament and to offer the city and its inhabitants an event that is free of charge. The 2005 event was very popular and we are convinced that the 2006 event will be equally successful. In 2005, we wanted to stage this event as part of our bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, but despite the final verdict, the municipality was very keen to have a place for sport in the heart of the city”.


On behalf of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, the sports international governing body, Angelo Squeo, Beach Volleyball Director, added that “the FIVB is very proud to have included in its long term Beach Volleyball calendar the Grand Slam in Paris which proved already in its first year of history to be among the best events in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. This was only possible thanks to the very hard work of a team consisting of the Municipality, Ile de France, a very experienced promoter such as MCO, the French Volleyball Federation, the FIVB and the partners of the event. Such an example of partnership and the fantastic setting of Champ de Mars have contributed to further boost Beach Volleyball and increase its awareness worldwide! We are convinced that this event will attract thousands of fans from all over the world who will be able to enjoy at the same time a unique location, social activities and the best athletes on the planet”.