Beach volleyball at the Olympics features two 24-team tournaments, one for men and one for women. The teams are divided into groups for a preliminary round-robin phase, after which a bracket-style elimination round determines the medalists.
Matches are best of three sets. The first two sets are played to 21 (win by two), with the third set, if necessary, played to 15 (win by two). Rally scoring, where the team winning a rally earns a point regardless of who served, is used.
Since beach volleyball’s debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games, Brazil and the United States have combined to capture 23 of the 36 medals awarded. Team USA’s Kerri Walsh Jennings, after winning three consecutive golds with Misty May-Treanor (2004, 2008, 2012), teamed with April Ross to earn bronze at the 2016 Rio Games.