US sweeps beach volleyball world championships
The organizers of the 2007 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Gstaad have every reason to feel proud this Monday. Highly praised in the national and international press, Gstaad, players and fans alike are hailing Gstaad 2007 as the best tournament of the world tour so far. The atmosphere was electric throughout the six days, rising to a crescendo last weekend when the roar of the crowds from the stadium could be heard right across the valley. Holding on to the world title for the third time, Americans Misty May-Treanor (left in above photo, click to enlarge) and Kerri Walsh enjoyed their fifth victory in Gstaad, beating Chinese pair Tian Jia/Wang.
In the men’s tournament, following the early exit of Swiss favorites Heucher and Heyer, the USA claimed the other gold medal courtesy of Phil Dalhausser (left above in photo, click to enlarge) and Tod Rogers with a straight-sets victory over the Russians Barsouk/Kolodinsky. In addition to the frenzy coming from within the 9,000 seat capacity stadium, the Promenade was buzzing with activity, and Funky Town down by the Festival Tent provided the perfect party venue well into the early hours every night. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, parking and waste disposal were handled smoothly by a professional team of devoted local students. Even the weather went according to plan. Thanks to everyone involved, Gstaad’s role in the future of world beach volleyball is assured. Next year's tournament returns to its regular timeslot in late June.