Women's competition, Stavanger
From 29 June To 3 July 2004

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For the men and women of the Swatch – FIVB World Tour, Stavanger has always been a favoured destination because of the fanatical support the event has enjoyed over the years. The Norwegian city is the oil capital of Norway whose landscape has been described as varied, contrasting and inspiring.

Last year, a packed stadium in Stavanger’s picturesque port witnessed Brazil’s Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires Tavares winning the event’s gold medal after they overcame a testing challenge from Americans Misty May and Kerri Walsh (21-19, 21-15). Adriana Brendao Behar and Shelda Kelly Behar managed a third place finish and with it the bronze medal.

“People may think that because we won the second set 21-15 that it was easy, but it was much closer than it looked,” Ana Paula Connelly said of her side’s triumph. “We were behind at first and changed our tactics – we were aware we had to change, which I think showed good teamwork which we didn’t have at the start of the year.”

Pires and Ana Paula have remained together for the 2004 Swatch - FIVB World Tour and will be looking for a repeat of their success at Stavanger at this year’s competition which runs between June 30 and July 3.

The unpredictable weather in Stavanger adds to the excitement of the event. Indeed, it is not unknown for conditions to change dramatically during a match so the athletes need to be well prepared for every possible outcome when they step out onto the sand.

Fjords and mountains, sophisticated city life and a multicultural population all help to create a special atmosphere in Stavanger where the motto is simply to “enjoy life!”

Women's Podium 2003

First Place:
Ana Paula-Sandra Pires (BRA)            

Second place:
Walsh-May (USA)

Third place:
Adriana Behar-Shelda (BRA)

 Women's Podium 2002

1. McPeak-Youngs (USA)
    Holly McPeak Biography
    Elaine Youngs Biography
2. Pottharst-Cook (AUS)
    Kerri-Ann Pottharst Biography /Profile
    Interview with Pottharst-Cook
    Natalie Cook Biography / Profile
Adriana Behar-Shelda (BRA)
     Interview with Shelda Bruno Bede - Profile
    Interview with Adriana Behar - Biography