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Year in social media - Beach volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 8, 2019 – As the 2018/2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour takes a break ahead of events at the end of February, we take a look back at some of the social media highlights from last season's action.

The 2017/2018 season began way back in September 2017 when Slovenia’s Jan Pokersnik and Nejc Zemljak got things started with a victory in Montpellier, France.

The first Beach Majors event of the season featured a victory for Brazil’s Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Alves in Fort Lauderdale, USA. It was their second gold as a team after they also claimed honours in Xiamen, China in the previous season.

Serve the Sky – Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst and Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sorum played beach volleyball 215 feet in the air atop of Vienna’s iconic Riesenrad Ferris wheel.

Mol and Sorum are certainly on a high after that stunt. The beach volleyball vikings scored their first top podium finish in the 2017/2018 season at Gstaad.

Like Mol and Sorum, brothers Joaquin and Javier Bello showed promise. The pair made it to the quarterfinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championship in Nanjing, China.

Tokyo 2020 mascot Miraitowa was a hit with players and fans when he visited the Tokyo 3-star event and posed for pictures.

Mol and Sorum showed no signs of slowing down as they went on to win gold medals at the Vienna Major and the World Tour Finals in Hamburg, respectively.

Agatha Bednarczuk’s previous two appearances in Hamburg ended in second place finishes, but she and partner Duda Lisboa captured the top spot in the World Tour Finals on her third showing.

In one of the final events of 2018, up-and-coming stars showcased their talents in Buenos Aires, where Sweden’s David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig and Russia’s Maria Voronina and Mariia Bocharova claimed gold at the Youth Olympic Games.

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