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From 20 September To 25 September 2004

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2004 SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR WOMEN'S "FINAL FOUR" REVIEW
The Rio de Janeiro Open is the 13th women's stop on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events this season. The season started in March at Fortaleza, Brazil. From mid-May through the end of July, the women competed nine times in a 11-week span with stops in Greece, China, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Mallorca, France and Austria. Following the Athens OIympic Games in August, the women's SWATCH Tour competed in Milan, Italy at the start of September.

Led by Kerri Walsh, the United States has won eight of the 12 gold medals. Walsh has won six titles, including four with Misty May (Brazil, Greece, Switzerland and Athens) and two with Rachel Wacholder (France and Austria).

Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won the other two American gold medals in China and Norway. McPeak and Youngs defeated United States rivals Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in both finals.

The United States captured all three podium spots in Norway. Walsh and Wacholder defeated Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin of Canada for the Stavanger bronze medal.

The fourth-place for Dumont and Martin in Norway marked the first-time that a Canadian women's team advanced to a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour "open final four."

Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede won three gold medals for Brazil in Japan, Germany and Italy.

Juliana Felisberta Silva became the youngest player to win an "open" SWATCH-FIVB World Tour women's event with Larissa Franca in Mallorca. Felisberta Silva was 20 years, 10 months and 18 days old when she captured her first Beach Volleyball title.

Of the 36 medals presented this season, the United States has collected 17, followed by Brazil (13), the Czech Republic (2), Australia (1), Cuba (1), Germany (1) and Switzerland (1).

The United States compiled 20 "final four" finishes this season. A total of 10 countries have posted "final four" finishes. Other countries top four placements are Brazil (14), Australia (3), China (2), Czech Republic (2), Germany (2), Switzerland (2), Canada (1), Cuba (1) and Greece (1).

Of the 12 gold medal matches, seven featured two different countries.

The United States had two teams in the gold medal match four times.

Four of the 12 "final fours" have featured teams from four different countries

2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Women's "Final Four"

Brazil, Fortaleza (3/9-14), $180,000 FIVB Event No. 106
1. Misty May/Kerri Walsh, UNITED STATES,, $27,000
2. Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Tian Jia/Wang Fei, CHINA, $11,000

Greece, Rhodes (5/19-23), $180,000 No. 107
1. May/Walsh, UNITED STATES, $27,000
2. Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, UNITED STATES, $18,000
3. Adriana/Shelda, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, USA, $11,000

China, Shanghai (5/26-30), $180,000 No. 108
1. McPeak/Youngs, UNITED STATES, $27,000
2. Davis/Johnson Jordan, UNITED STATES, $18,000
3. Adriana/Shelda, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Lu Wang/Whenhui You, China, , CHINA, $11,000

Japan, Osaka (6/2-6), $180,000 No. 109
1. Adriana/Shelda, BRAZIL, $28,000
2. Natalie Cook/Nicole Sanderson, AUSTRALIA, $18,000
3. Nicole Schnyder/Simone Kuhn, SWITZERLAND, $14,000
4. Vasso Karadassiou/Efi Sfyri, GREECE, $11,000

Switzerland, Gstaad (6/15-19), $180,000 No. 110
1. May/Walsh, UNITED STATES, $27,000
2. Adriana/Shelda, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. McPeak/Youngs, UNITED STATES, $14,000
4. Ana Paula Connelly/Sandra Pires, BRAZIL, $11,000

Germany, Berlin (6/22-26), $300,000 No. 111
1. Adriana/Shelda, BRAZIL, $43,000
2. Dalixia Fernandez Grasset/Tamara Larrea Peraza, CUBA, $29,500
3. McPeak/Youngs, UNITED STATES, $23,000
4. Suzanne Lahme/Danja Musch, GERMANY, $18,500

Norway, Stavanger (6/29-7/3), $180,000 No. 112
1. McPeak/Youngs, UNITED STATES, $27,000
2. Davis/Johnson Jordan, UNITED STATES, $18,000
3. Walsh/Rachel Wacholder, UNITED STATES, $14,000
4. Guylaine Dumont/Annie Martin, CANADA, $11,000

Spain, Mallorca (7/6-7/10), $180,000 No. 113
1. Felisberta Silva/Larissa, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Lahme/Musch, GERMANY, $18,000
3. Eva Celbova/Sona Novakova, CZECH REPUBLIC, $14,000
4. Summer Lochowicz/Kerri Pottharst, AUSTRALIA, $11,000

France, Marseille (7/13-18), $280,000 No. 114
1. Walsh/Wacholder, UNITED STATES, $41,500
2. Davis/Johnson Jordan, UNITED STATES, $27,500
3. Felisberta Silva/Larissa, BRAZIL, $21,500
4. Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason, UNITED STATES, $16,900

Austria, Klagenfurt (7/28-7/31), $270,000 No. 115
1. Walsh/Rachel Wacholder, UNITED STATES, $40,500
2. Adriana/Shelda, BRAZIL, $27,000
3. Davis/Johnson Jordan, UNITED STATES, $21,000
4. McPeak/Youngs, UNITED STATES, $16,500

Greece, Athens (8/14-24) No. 116
1. May/Walsh, UNITED STATES
2. Adriana/Shelda, BRAZIL
3. McPeak/Youngs, UNITED STATES
4. Cook/Sanderson, AUSTRALIA

Italy, Milan (9/1-5), $180,000 No. 117
1. Adriana/Shelda, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Shaylyn Bede/Renata Ribeiro, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. Celbova/Novakova, CZECH REPUBLIC, $14,000
4. Schnyder/Kuhn, SWITZERLAND, $11,000