A number of World Tour firsts

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 8, 2015 - With another ground breaking edition of the World Tour complete, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Council reflected on some outstanding events, achievements and numbers from an action-packed year.

A total of 394 men and 340 women’s players  played at least one match on the FIVB World Tour this season.

Seven gold medal finishes for Talita/Larissa
Record women's earnings for Talita/Larissa - $435,000
Led by Brazil, 10 countries earned medals in the women's competition.
Brazilian women won 21 medals - 11 golds, 6 silvers, 4 bronze
Canada (6 total medals, 1 gold, 2 silvers, three bronze), Argentina (one silver), Poland (one bronze) won women's medals for the first time
Top newcomers were Taru Lahti, Finland, Riikka Lehtonen, Finland, Carolina Horta Máximo, Brazil
Most memorable moment was when Vanuatu's Linline Matauatu and Pata Miller defeated Italians Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth and FIVB world champions Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas in elimination matches in Long Beach

Six gold medal finishes for Bruno/Alison
Record men's earnings for Bruno/Alison - $445,500
Led by Brazil, 12 countries earned medals in the men's competition.
Brazilian men won 11 medals - 7 golds, 1 silvers, 3 bronze
Turkey won a medal for the first-time at the Lucerne Open (Murat Giginoglu/Volkan Gogtepe)
Top newcomer was Adrian "Sky Ball" Carambula of Italy
Most memorable moment was when Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera of Spain won their first-ever gold medal together at the Moscow Grand Slam by defeating Evandro Goncalves/Pedro Salgado 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) in 43 minutes.  The Spaniards had finished second four times before winning a gold medal in Moscow.

The quality of a first-time event in Lucerne.  It was better than several grand slams.
The SWATCH Majors Series was a success, especially the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale.  Outside of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, the event was the best organized tournament in the United States.
The United States was the site of three events - the first-time ever for three events in the USA in the same season.
Most Memorable - Staging the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships at four different sites in The Netherlands.  All world championships are special, but the Netherlands staged the most unique.


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