FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - 2014 Media Guide - page 15

Portugal stays the course of international beach volleyball this year when it again hosts the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19WorldChampionships. The 13
double-gender age-group event will be held in Porto on July 29 toAugust 3 as the FIVB now has an unprecedented four age-groupWorldChampionships for
beach volleyball held annually.
While theNational Volleyball Federationof Portugal has hosted22 FIVBBeachVolleyballWorld Tour Open events (all in Espinho), thiswill alsobe the third FIVB
U19WorldChampionships held in Portugal, following the championships of 2010 and 2013. The FIVBU21WorldChampionshipswhere held on Porto Santo
Island in2004.
Part of themassive international platform for the FIVBBeachVolleyball next gen stars, the FIVBBeachVolleyball U19WorldChampionshipshavebeenheldevery
year since 2002making it the second oldest of the four FIVB age-group events.
Winning the men’s FIVB U19 World Championships last
year in Porto were Germany’s Moritz Reichert/Clemens
Wickler while the women’s 2013 FIVB U19 World
Championships gold medal was won by Brazil’s Eduarda
Lisboa/Taini Silva.
In thefirst 12 years of the FIVBBeachVolleyball U19World
Championships in U19men’s competition, Poland has 11
final four placements and nine total medals including four
goldmedals. Other countrieswithmen’s goldmedals have
been Germany with three and with one each have been
Brazil, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia and theUnited States.
In the first 12 years of the U19 women’s championships,
Germany leads with nine final four placements and
nine total medals including three gold medals. Other
countrieswithwomen’s goldmedals have been Brazil, the
Netherlands and Polandwith two each andwith one each
have beenAustralia, Lithuania and theUnited States.
At the 2012 FIVB U19World Championships in Larnaka, Poland’s Michal Bryl/Kacper Kujawiak won the men’s goldmedal while winning the women’s gold
medal was Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite/Monika Povilaityte. Poland’s Bryl/Kujawiak defeated compatriots Lukasz Kaczmarek/Sebastian Kaczmarek in three
sets. Lithuania’sDumbauskaite/Povilaitytewon thefirst FIVBgoldmedal for their countrybydefeatingPoland’s 2011 FIVBU19world championsKarolinaBaran/
Katarzyna Kociolek in two sets. Poland’s Lukasz Kaczmarek/Macjej Kosiakwon the 2011 FIVBU19WorldChampionship inmen’s action.
Now a regular team on the FIVBWorld Tour, the Polish team of Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz gave their country its lead on themen’s medal list
by capturing the 2007U19 title. Estonia claimed its first junior/youthWorldChampionshipmedal in 2008 as themen’s team of Kristo Kollo andOliver Venno
claimed the title. Ukraine became the 10
country towin a youthWorld Championship goldmedal as themen’s team of Sergiy Popov and Valeriy Samoday
topped the Alanya podium in 2009. Poland returned to the top of the podium again in 2010 in Porto, Portugal with the goldmedal victory by Piotr Kantor/
Bartosz Losiak.
After finishingfifth inAlanya in2009, theUnitedStates tandemof JaneCroson/Summer Ross captured thegoldmedal in2010 inPorto. Itwas thefirstwomen’s
medal for the USA in this event. Ross capped her successful summer of 2010 by becoming the first person to win both the FIVB Youth and Junior World
Championships in the same year. InAlanya, Turkey, shewon the goldmedal with Tara Roenicke.
In 2008, Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Levke Spinger won the goldmedal followed by Christine Aulenbrock/Victoria Bieneck’s title in 2009. The Netherlands’
DanielleRemmers andMichelleStiekema claimed the2007 titleas theDutch teamof SanneKeizer andArjanneStevenswon thefirst-everwomen’s goldmedal
when the competitionwas for players under the age of 18. The age for the competitionwas changed in2005 for players under the age of 19.
Porto is the second-largest city inPortugal behind Lisbon, locatedon thenorthwest coast of Portugal along theAtlanticOceanandoneof themajor urbanareas
in Southern Europe. The urban area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a populationof 1.3million,making it the second-
largest urbanarea inPortugal. Locatedalong theDouroRiver estuary innorthernPortugal, Porto isoneof theoldest European centers, and registeredas aWorld
Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Its settlement dates backmany centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. One of Portugal’s internationally
famous exports is port wine, is named for Porto.
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