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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2012

1to1 Energy Grand Slam | Women
  2/07/2012 - 7/07/2012

 
PRESENTATION

Gstaad welcomes Women's FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour for 12th year

For the 12th-straight season, the Swiss village of Gstaad will host a stop on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour as the Alps mountain resort will stage the third of six grand slam events on the 2011 international beach volleyball calendar from July 4-10. Gstaad initially hosted a women’s-only tournament in 2000 with men’s competition joining the format in 2001. The Swiss village also staged the 2007 SWATCH FIVB World Championships where pairs from the United States claimed both the men’s and women’s titles. Brazilian pair Juliana Felisberta Da Silva and Larissa França followed on from their silver medal win in 2009 by claiming the gold last year, beating German duo Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller in the final as China's Chen Xue and Xi Zhang beat Brazil's Maria Antonelli and Talita Antunes to the bronze in searing heat. It was the sixth-time a Brazilian women’s team captured a Swiss gold medal as two-time American Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh topped the Gstaad podium five times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007). USA team Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser continued their gold-winning ways by beating in-form German pair David Klemperer and Eric Kloreng to the gold as Brazil's Marcio Araujo and Ricardo Santos completed the podium with a win over Polish surprise Grzegorz Klimek and Mariusz Prudel. Swiss men’s teams have medaled twice, including a title in 2004 by Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel. Simone Kuhn and Lea Schwer placed fifth at the 2008 stop for the highest finish by a Swiss women’s team in Gstaad. Previously, Kuhn posted the best placements with four ninth-place finishes, including two each with Nicole Schnyder-Benoit (2002 and 2003) and Lea Schwer (2005 and 2006). Pictured to the left below are 2010 Gstaad women winners Juliana (right) and Larissa of Brazil with their coaches.

 

PAST SWISS WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Medals - Brazil 15, USA 10, China 6, Australia 1, Germany 1

 

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Gstaad

2000

Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRA

Holly McPeak/Misty May-Treanor, USA

Ana Paula Connelly/Monica Rodrigues, BRA

Gstaad

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Barbra Fontana/Elaine Youngs, USA

May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA

Gstaad

2002

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Gstaad

2003

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Ana Paula/Sandra Pires, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Gstaad

2004

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Gstaad

2005

Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

Jia Tian/Fei Wang, CHN

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Gstaad

2006

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Gstaad

2007*

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Gstaad

2008

Shelda/Ana Paula, BRA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, CHN

Gstaad

2009

Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, BRA

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Nicole Branagh/Youngs, USA

Gstaad

2010

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Ludwig/Goller, GER

Xue/Zhang, CHN

*SWATCH-FIVB World Championships