Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam | 29 July - 3 August 2014
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, August 4, 2014 - Despite some inconstant weather in Austria, fans and athletes enjoyed a spectacular event at the eighth FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event of the season in Klagenfurt. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, August 3, 2014 — As the sun shined brightly on the overflow crowd of more than 10,000 jammed into the stadium center court cheering loudly and singing musical interludes between and even during play, Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt orchestrated one final Austrian symphony in overcoming the challenge of Italy’s Paolo... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, August 2, 2014 — Glistening in the brilliant sunshine and dazzling to the several thousand fans packed into the grandstands of center court, men’s teams from Australia, Brazil, Italy and Latvia wrote their own Austrian concerto by winning quarterfinal matches Saturday to artistically and athletically identify themselves in the ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, August 2, 2014 — Olympians and former FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour season champions returned to the court Saturday in Austria on opposite side of the net as an all-Brazilian finale saw Brazil’s Larissa Franca/ Talita Antunes defeat Brazilian compatriots Maria Antonelli/Juliana Felisberta to win the gold medal at the superbl... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, August 1, 2014 — Several thousand sun-soaked fans and 32 sturdy, sand-stained teams were all making the most of a spectacularly splendid sunny Austrian summer day at the Lake and at the end of the day, 16 men’s teams from 13 countries remain standing after Friday’s last of three pool play matches and first round of eliminations... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, August 1, 2014 — Enjoying the first full day of sunshine this week, three women’s teams from Brazil and one from Italy, dazzled the thousands of festive fans packed into the venue by winning quarterfinal matches Friday to set the final stage for Saturday’s women’s semifinals and medal matches at the poignantly presented double-... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, July 31, 2014 — Just when 32 of the best women’s teams in the world seemed to be settling in, the field has been reduced to 16 teams from 11 countries following Thursday’s last of three pool play matches and first round of eliminations at the prolifically popular double-gender US$800,000 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, July 31, 2014 — Overcast skies light, intermittent rain didn’t dampen the spirits of several thousand spectators who enjoyed an Austrian rhapsody of pool play match victories and enjoyed 12 men’s teams from nine countries winning their first two of three round-robin matches during Thursday’s start of the 32-team men’s main draw... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, July 30, 2014 — They came to play were the words of the day Wednesday as 11 women’s teams from eight countries won their first two of three round-robin pool play matches during Wednesday’s start of the 32-team women’s main draw at the immensely popular double-gender US$800,000 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, July 30, 2014 — Cloudy skies, light intermittent rain and cooler temperatures didn’t dampen any of the boiling action on the churning sand Wednesday as eight men’s teams from eight countries came into their own sunshine to advance from two rounds of a qualification tournament to complete the field for Thursday’s start of the 32... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, July 29, 2014 — Two rounds of gritty, in-your-face battles Tuesday netted eight teams from six countries to advance to Wednesday’s start of the 32-team main draw at the vastly popular double-gender US$800,000 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Klagenfurt, Austria, July 29, 2014 — In reality it has been gone for only one season, but it seems much longer, but the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) returns its FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour this week to Austria for the vastly popular and incredibly iconic double-gender US$800,000 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam. ... Read full news
FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam returns to Klagenfurt in 2014
Considered by many as the premier event on the international beach volleyball calendar, the capital of the federal state of Carinthia in Austria will host the FIVB Klagenfurt Grand Slam, the ninth double-gender grand slam event on the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. This year’s event will be held July 29 to August 3 as the iconic event returns after a one-year absence as Klagenfurt hosted the 2012 European Championships.
This year will mark an unprecedented 17th time in the last 18 years that the Lake Wörthersee site has hosted the international circuit. While the men’s World Tour has been in Klagenfurt 16 straight times from 1997 through 2012 for this magical summer festival, the women’s World Tour has been in held in this location for 12 consecutive years from 2001 through 2012.
This year’s FIVB Klagenfurt Grand Slam will be the ninth Grand Slam of the 2014 season and the last in a string of seven FIVB Grand Slams to be held over an eight-week window. The seven consecutive FIVB Grand Slam events start in Moscow, Russia (June 10 to 5) and ends in Klagenfurt.
Austria has hosted a total of 28 FIVB World Tour events (16 men, 12 women-all in Klagenfurt) during a 16-year period with Brazil leading the medal count in both genders. In the men’s totals, Brazil has 24 medals, followed by the USA with nine, Germany with five, the Netherlands and Norway with three each, Switzerland with two and with one men’s medal each in Klagenfurt are Argentina and Russia.
After 12 FIVB World Tour women’s events held in Klagenfurt, Austria, Brazil leads the medal parade with 15 medals followed by the USA with 11, Germany and China with four each, the Netherlands with two and with one women’s medal in Klagenfurt are the Czech Republic, Russia and Ukraine.
At the 2012 FIVB Klagenfurt Grand Slam, the Netherlands' veteran Olympians Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil won the men's gold medal while the new Russian team of Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgenia Ukolova did the same in the women's competition.
Klagenfurt is the capital of the federal state of Carinthia in Austria. With a population of over 90,000, it is the sixth-largest city in the country. The city of Klagenfurt is located in southern Austria, midway across the nation, near the international border. It rests in the middle region, almost as far from Innsbruck, to the west, as from Vienna, to the northeast. At 446 meters (1,463 feet) above sea level, Klagenfurt is located on Lake Wörthersee and on the Glan River. The city is surrounded by several forest-covered hills and mountains with heights of up to 1,000m (3,300ft). To the south is the Karawanken mountain range, which separates Carinthia from Slovenia and Italy.
The 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will include 10 double-gender FIVB Grand Slam tournaments along with the inaugural FIVB Grand Slam and eleven FIVB Beach Volleyball Open events.
This year's FIVB World Ranking system will include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup also returns this year as it starts its portion of the qualification process for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.