WATCH:

Fourth-Place Medal

Beach volleyballers might cover up for Olympics

Fourth-Place Medal

They call soccer the "beautiful game," but an argument could be made that beach volleyball is the most beautiful game. Wives might object to their husbands sitting in front of the TV and watching tall bikini-clad women jumping and diving in the sand if it weren't for the fact that volleyball is a legitimate Olympic sport.

But on the horizon there is a storm (or, simply put, English weather), and it could cause volleyball players to bundle up in the equivalent of long underwear instead of bathing suits. The forecast calls for highs in the 60s early next week, with up to a 30 percent chance of rain. When you factor in night matches, that's not exactly bikini weather. Some beach volleyball players are ready to take precaution.

[Photos: Olympics beach volleyball players]

"We need it to keep our muscles warm," said Australian Tamsin Hinchley.

Nevertheless, beach volleyball is expected to draw crowds -- some half a million are predicted to come out for about 100 matches -- despite a relatively brief stint at the Olympics. It was introduced at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

It's not like it's "Baywatch-with-a-ball," but if the weather doesn't cooperate, NBC may want to trot out some reruns of Sydney circa 2000 to avoid a ratings hit.

See related Olympic video:

Other popular Olympics content on Yahoo! Sports:
Video: Teen attempts to steal Olympic Torch
Refugee without a country to compete under Olympic flag
Photos: Inspirational Olympic moments

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (3399)
  • Tokyo Olympics plan hits roadblock over fish market's relocation

    Tokyo Olympics plan hits roadblock over fish market's relocation

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo won the 2020 Olympics on its reputation for efficiency, but a string of blunders has now been compounded by the city's new governor halting relocation of the world's largest fish market, jeopardizing a road … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 5 minutes ago
  • Obama welcomes relatives of 1936 African-American Olympians

    Obama welcomes relatives of 1936 African-American Olympians

    Relatives of Jesse Owens and America's 17 other black athletes from the 1936 Olympics were welcomed to the White House on Thursday by President Barack Obama for the acknowledgement they didn't receive along with their white counterparts 80 years … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 hours ago
  • Obama celebrates 2016 Olympic athletes at White House

    Obama celebrates 2016 Olympic athletes at White House

    President Barack Obama welcomed the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House on Thursday to celebrate their record-breaking run in Rio. Hundreds of Olympic athletes clad in red Nike track jackets squeezed into the East Room of the … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • 1936 Olympians receive overdue recognition at White House

    1936 Olympians receive overdue recognition at White House

    Shortly after Jesse Owens returned home from his snubbing by Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics, he and America's 17 other black Olympians found a less-than-welcoming reception from their own government, as well. On Thursday, relatives of those 1936 … More »

    AP - Sports - 11 hours ago
  • Jutanugarn leads by 1 stroke in Beijing

    Jutanugarn leads by 1 stroke in Beijing

    Ariya Jutanugarn birdied the final four holes for an 8-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Brooke Henderson on Thursday in the Reignwood LPGA Classic. In position to take player of the year lead from idle Lydia Ko with a ninth-place finish or … More »

    AP - Sports - 12 hours ago