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  Athens  2006   Women's Open
01.06.2006 -  04.06.2006

PRESENTATION

 
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The SWATCH-FIVB World Tour returns to Athens

 

ATHENS 2006 – After the success of the 2004 Olympics and the development of Beach Volleyball in Greece, the women's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour returns to Athens for the second-straight year.  The 2006 stop will mark the fourth international Beach Volleyball competition at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre in the warm and sandy environment of South Attica, at the Faliro Coastal Zone.  Home of the golden age of Greece when Pericles had the Parthenon (the most eminent monument of the ancient Greek architecture) built, Athens is built around the Acropolis and the pinnacled crag of Mount Lycabettus.  Athens, a city of more than four million inhabitants, is packed with lively taverns and bustling shops.  Dominating the Athenian landscape, the Acropolis is unsurpassed in its beauty, architectural splendor and historic importance.  And the success of the 2004 Summer Games also marked another historical achievement for the birthplace of the Olympics.

 

FALIRO COASTAL ZONE - Prior to the 2004 Games, Athens staged a test event at the Faliro Coastal Zone where Riccardo Fenili and Fabio Galli of Italy defeated two-time Olympians Vegard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud of Norway in the finals.  Following the Athens Olympic Games, the first SWATCH stop was held in 2005 with the Brazilian teams of Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos and Renata Ribeiro/Talita Antunes capturing the men's and women's titles, respectively.  The 2005 title was Emanuel and Ricardo's second gold medal in Athens after winning the 2004 Olympic title by defeating Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain.  Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar of Brazil have earned podium placements in both Athens women's events after losing the 2004 Olympic gold medal match in 2004 to Americans Misty May-Treanor and claiming the 2005 bronze medal by defeating Vassiliki Arvaniti and Vasso Karadassiou of Greece.  Karadassiou was named the SWATCH most outstanding player for the 2005 women's event.

 

GREEK WOMEN - The last two seasons of international Beach Volleyball competition have been “special” for the women from Greece, and the 2006 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour could produce more success for the teams from the southern European nation.  A season after hosting Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the sport’s most prestigious sporting event, two teams from Greece produced the country’s most successful results on the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour to pace the European effort on the international circuit.  Vassiliki Arvaniti (pictured left receiving the Mikasa) and Vasso Karadassiou became the continent’s top-ranked women’s Beach Volleyball tandem in leading Greece to a gold medal, four podiums and five “final four” finishes on the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.  In addition, the pair captured the 54-country Confédération Européenne De Volleyball (CEV) continental championship to clinch the 2005 point’s title.  While Karadassiou was named the top women’s player for the 2005 season by the CEV, Arvaniti became the youngest woman (20 years, three months, 15 days) to win a SWATCH event.  She and Vasso Karadassiou upset top-ranked Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil in the finals of the Norway Grand Slam event last July in Stavanger.  Arvaniti and Karadassiou, who won two of four CEV events in 2005, finished as the No. 5-ranked team on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour while fellow Greeks Tthalia Koutroumanidou and Maria Tsistsiani were ninth on the point’s list.  Arvaniti and Karadassiou combined for $166,500 in earnings while Koutroumanidou and Tsistsiani split $113,950 with two podium placements. 

 

 

PAST GREEK WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Total Medals - USA 7, Brazil 6, Australia 1, Greece 1

 

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Rhodes

2002

Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, USA

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Vasso Karadassiou/Efi Sfyri, GRE

Rhodes

2003

Ana Paula Connelly/Sandra Pires, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA

Rhodes

2004

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Athens

2005

Renata Ribeiro/Talita Antunes, BRA

Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Athens 2004 Olympic Games

Athens

2004

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Totals

 

USA 4 Golds, BRA 1

Brazil 3 Silvers, Australia 1, USA 1

Brazil 2 Bronzes, USA 2, Greece 1

 

2005 Athens Podium (left to right) - Vasso, Larissa, Juliana, Renata, Talita, Shelda and Adriana