Olympics 2012: Canadian and Italian beach volleyball stars can"t seem to keep their hands off each other

Get a (locker) room! So why do beach volleyball players feel the need to put on such a show

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07:01 GMT, 3 August 2012

The women's beach volleyball was always going to be an exciting event at the London Olympics, but today, it seems those in the stands got more than they bargained for.

As if representing their countries was not task enough, the competitors from Canada and Italy appear to have been as preoccupied with reaching for one another as they were for the ball.

In what one can only assume is an attempt to garner more support from the audience, players could not seem to keep their hands off each other.

Italy's Greta Cicolari (front L) and Marta Menegatti celebrate after defeating Canada's Annie Martin and Marie-Andree Lessard during their women's preliminary round beach volleyball match

Italy's Greta Cicolari (front L) and Marta Menegatti celebrate after defeating Canada's Annie Martin and Marie-Andree Lessard during their women's preliminary round beach volleyball match

Playing to the crowd Italian beach volleyball players Greta Cicolari
and Marta Menegatti could be seen touching each others' behinds more
than once more than once in their match against Canada today

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Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada hugs teammate Annie Martin during a beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London

Acting up: Rival team Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin of Canada were just as bad, reaching for each others' derrires on several occasions

In what goes some way beyond the typical hug to celebrate a point, Italy's Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti, who won today's preliminary round match, could be seen touching each others' behinds more than once.

And they weren't the only ones – their rival team, Canada's Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin, were just as bad, reaching for each others' derrires on several occasions.

In another match today, between Spain and the U.S. there were more attention-grabbing antics.

All part of the show Spain's Elsa Baquerizo McMillan signals to teammate Liliana Fernandez Steiner... But is it really neccessary, or a chance to show off that super-toned body

All part of the show Spain's Elsa Baquerizo McMillan signals to teammate Liliana Fernandez Steiner… But is it really neccessary, or a chance to show off that super-toned body

All part of the show Brazil's Talita Rocha gestures to teammate Maria Antonelli before serving to Austria... But is it really neccessary

Spain's Elsa Baquerizo adjusts her swim suit

Drama queens: The players, including Brazil's Talita Rocha (left) and Spain's Elsa Baquerizo (right) have flawless bodies, and it seems they aren't afraid of playing up to their legions of male fans

Spain's Elsa Baquerizo McMillan was the
worst culprit, adjusting her bikini briefs in full view of the crowd.
One might even wonder if she really needed to signal to teammate Liliana
Fernandez Steiner, or if it was all part of the show

The women's teams' on-court posturing
rivals the antics of the most melodramatic soccer stars, but is likely
to have won them plenty of positive attention regardless.

Brazil's Talita Rocha and Maria Antonelli celebrate winning against Austria

April Ross and Jennifer Kessy of the U.S. celebrate after defeating Spain

Winning display: Brazil's Talita Rocha and Maria Antonelli celebrate their victory against Austria (left) and April Ross and Jennifer Kessy of the U.S. celebrate after defeating Spain (right)

Hugs all round: Whether winners or losers, the players embraced one another at the end of the match

Hugs all round: Whether winners or losers, the players embraced one another at the end of the match

The world is a stage... Spain's Elsa Baquerizo McMillan flashes a grin as she picks herself up after a tumble

The world is a stage… Spain's Elsa Baquerizo McMillan flashes a grin as she picks herself up after a tumble

As competitors' kit consists of
little more than a bikini, the sport already enjoys a large male
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On form: Team USA's April Ross and Jennifer Kessy could not contain their joy after beating Spain today

Anna Vozakova (2) and Anastasia Vasina (1) of Russia celebrate during the Women's Beach Volleyball preliminary match between Switzerland and Russia on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Misty May-Treanor (L) and Kerri Walsh of USA in action against Austria during preliminary round matches for the London 2012 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball competition

Attention-seeking Yesterday Russian Anna Vozakova appeared to be getting a little too friendly with Anastasia Vasina (left), and even U.S. player Misty May-Treanor seemed to be up to the same tricks with Kerri Walsh

Talita Rocha of Brazil and Maria Antonelli of Brazil celebrate during the Women's Beach Volleyball preliminary match between Brazil and Australia

Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller of Germany celebrate after winning match point during the Women's Beach Volleyball preliminary match between Germany and the Netherlands

Team spirit: Rocha and Antonelli of Brazil today (left) and Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller of Germany (bottom right) celebrate after winning match point against the Netherlands team (top right)

And even U.S. beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor seemed to be up to the same tricks when embracing Kerri Walsh during their match against Austria.

Today was the final day of the
preliminary beach volleyball round. Americans Jennifer Kessy and April
Ross finished 3-0 with a 21-19,
19-21, 19-17 victory over Spain, while Walsh Jennings and Misty
May-Treanor finished their pool play with a No 1 seed on Wednesday.

Fierce competition: Becchara Palmer of Australia is blocked by Rocha of Brazil in a match earlier today

Fierce competition: Becchara Palmer of Australia is blocked by Rocha of Brazil in a match earlier today

Retro revival: As if the players weren't enough, there were cheerleaders performing during the breaks

Retro revival: As if the players weren't enough, there were cheerleaders performing during the breaks

Italy beat Canada to knock them out of the tournament and Germany beat
Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel of the Netherlands in straight
sets.

Russia beat host Britain in straight sets to knock them out as
well.