Olsztyn Grand Slam | 14 - 19 June 2016
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 20, 2016 – Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins captured the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Olsztyn Grand Slam, with their victory over Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt on Sunday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 20, 2016 – Poland’s top stars Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek were fortunate to play in front of their home fans at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Olsztyn Grand Slam.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 19, 2016 - On a glorious day on the Crooked Lake center court here Sunday at the US$800,000 Olsztyn Grand Slam, Beach Volleyball was played at the highest level and better than anywhere else on the planet as Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins delighted more than 300 fellow countryman that traveled over seven hours... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 19, 2016 - Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins will have the task of dethroning the 2015 Olsztyn Grand Slam champions here Sunday afternoon as the Latvians scored a come-from-behind semi-final win over a young Brazilian pair in the semi-finals of the US$800,000 FIVB World Tour event on the Crooked Lake center court behind t... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 19, 2016 – Since the start of sanctioned men’s Beach Volleyball competition by the FIVB in 1987, the “road to gold” at any international stops usually finds Brazilian opposition and the path to the top of the podium here Sunday at the Olsztyn Grand Slam is no different.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 18, 2016 - It will be the “old and young” of Brazilian Beach Volleyball against the experienced Americans and Latvians here Sunday in the “final four” of the US$800,000 Olsztyn Grand Slam. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 18, 2016 - If anyone questions that Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst are not the best women’s Beach Volleyball team in the world, then they have not followed the Germans exploits the past five weeks highlighted by back-to-back gold medal finishes on the FIVB World Tour.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 18, 2016 - For the second-straight week on the FIVB World Tour, the women’s gold medal match will feature a Brazil vs. Germany match-up as Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst from the European country continued their winning ways here Saturday in the Olsztyn Grand Slam.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 18, 2016 – Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula somehow managed to get their hands on the GoPro of the FIVB World Tour Behind the Scenes crew. The outgoing Italians are competing at the Olsztyn Grand Slam in Poland this week.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 18, 2016 - The only thing standing in the way of a third-straight gold medal in Poland for Brazilians Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca is Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 17, 2016 - Teams that posted 1-2 pool play records usually don’t recover to win FIVB World Tour gold medals as those pairs must win three elimination matches just to reach the semi-finals at a FIVB World Tour event.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Olsztyn, Poland, June 17, 2016 - Sam Pedlow and Grant O’Gorman (P&O’G) have been performing together on the FIVB World Tour for the past four seasons with the 2015-2016 international campaign being their most productive.... Read full news
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour returning to Poland for Grand Slam
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour returns to Poland for the 12th straight year from June 14-19 for a $800,000 double-gender FIVB Olsztyn Grand Slam. Visiting Olsztyn for the event will mark the 15th time for a men’s competition in Poland and 13th women’s tournament held in Poland. This will be the second straight year that the FIVB World Tour will stop in Olsztyn.
In last year’s FIVB Olsztyn Grand Slam in Poland, Brazil won both gold medals as Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt won the men’s gold and Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca captured the women’s top spot on the podium.
The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the first women’s FIVB World Tour event in Brazil was played in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s FIVB World Tour held its first tournament in Spain in 1992.
The four Polish sites of FIVB international events have been Myslowice (two men, two women), Olsztyn (one men, one women), Stare Jablonki (11 men, seven women) and Warsaw (two women).
Through the 2015 event, Poland has hosted a total of 26 FIVB World Tour events (14 men, 12 women) over a 12-year period with Brazil leading the medal count in both genders. In the men’s totals after 14 events, Brazil has 15 medals, followed by the USA with eight, Germany with five each, Spain with three, Latvia with two and with one men’s medal each in Poland are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Switzerland.
After 12 FIVB World Tour women’s events held in Poland through 2015, Brazil leads the medal parade with 15 total medals followed by China and Germany with five each, USA with four, Italy and the Netherlands with two each and with one women’s medal each in Poland are Australia, Norway and Poland.
Olsztyn is one of the most important cities in Poland. It is located in the north-eastern part of the country. The city of Olsztyn was established in 1353 and has a population of just under 200,000. The area of the city covers 88.328 km (34.104 sq mi). Olsztyn is the capital of the Warmian-Masurian province in Poland. Olsztyn is immensely popular with the tourists from all over the world for the dense forests and the lakes situated in the region. There are 13 lakes in Olsztyn. The lakes in Olsztyn add to the beauty of the landscape of the region and also provide many activities for tourists.
The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the 2015/2016 calendar will include multiple FIVB Open and multiple FIVB Grand Slam events along with more Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the second Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. The highlight of the calendar will be the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil in August.
The 2016 FIVB World Ranking system again includes 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. While the FIVB World Championships had 48 teams, all other tournaments have 32 teams and begin with a qualification tournament in each gender to determine the final eight teams in the main draw fields.
Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is back again this year as it completes its portion of the qualification process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.