Beach volleyball photo among iconic moments of 2016
The photo chosen shows Kira Walkenhorst of Germany jumping at the net against Egypt’s Doaa Elghbashy. Walkenhorst went on to win the gold medal alongside Laura Ludwig, but that wasn’t the story.
It was all about the clothing. The Germans wore standard beach volleyball wear of bikinis, but the Egyptians chose to be fully clothed and Elghbashy has her head covered with a hijab in the photo.
The website says the photo was one of the most commented on of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, proving both the universal appeal of beach volleyball and that you don’t have to be defined by what you wear.