What's Buzzing:

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

View Comments (3400)
  • Utah Jazz extend contract of coach Quin Snyder

    Utah Jazz extend contract of coach Quin Snyder

    The Utah Jazz have extended coach Quin Snyder's contract. The 2016-17 season would have been the third year of the initial three-year deal Snyder signed when he was hired. The team has gone 78-86 in two years under Snyder and narrowly missed the … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Unpredictable Talladega gives way to predictable Kansas

    Unpredictable Talladega gives way to predictable Kansas

    The controversy that surrounded the crash-filled race at Talladega last weekend made its way to Kansas Speedway, where what exactly should be done about restrictor-plate racing remained the topic du jour. Perhaps that's because Kansas tends to be a … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Ex-49er Stubblefield wants prosecutor removed from rape case

    A former San Francisco 49er accused of raping a woman described as mentally delayed called on a Northern California district attorney on Friday to turn over prosecution of the case to the state attorney general. Attorneys for Dana Stubblefield on … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Braves manager Gonzalez trying to get through slow start

    Braves manager Gonzalez trying to get through slow start

    Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday ''it's tough'' to hear speculation he could be fired. The Braves entered Friday's game against Arizona with a 7-20 record, the worst in the majors. Gonzalez understands he's an easy target for … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 minutes ago
  • Cathryn Sophia wins Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

    Cathryn Sophia wins Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Cathryn Sophia took charge entering the stretch and rolled to victory Friday in the 142nd Kentucky Oaks Friday at Churchill Downs. … More »

    AP - Sports - 10 minutes ago