Beach volleyball, a relatively new addition to the Summer Olympics, has become so popular that Equinox gym in South Beach now offers free outdoor professional instruction and fitness classes for the sport on Eighth and Ocean.
Indeed, since the sport joined the Olympics roster at the Atlanta Summer Games in 1996, NBC has devoted increasing prime time coverage to beach volleyball in subsequent Games. Team USA’s Misty-May Treanor and game partner Kerri Walsh’s hugging and fanny-slapping between points has earned more screen time over two weeks from the London Games than Michael Phelps’ week of winning five medals.
The sport in general has been growing a lot since the first official beach volleyball tournament in the Olympics in Atlanta and worldwide has seen a growth,” explains beach volleyball coach and Equinox instructor Andreas Oleson, 35.
Oleson, who is from Denmark, has played the sport for 15 years in world competitions and tried to qualify for the Olympics, he said. He still plays tournaments in Florida and is doing his part to help make South Beach the epicenter of the sport’s growth. Oleson coaches a new, free beach volleyball class...
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