Get a (locker) room! So why do beach volleyball players feel the need to put on such a show
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Russia beat host Britain in straight sets to knock them out as