Women's beach volleyball

<b>Key dates: </b>Gold medal match on Aug. 8<br>
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<b>Venue: </b>Horse Guards Parade<br>
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<b>Big story: </b><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT00016033" title="Misty May-Treanor" href="/topic/sports/volleyball/beach-volleyball/misty-may-treanor-PESPT00016033.topic">Misty May-Treanor</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT00016024" title="Kerri Walsh-Jennings" href="/topic/sports/volleyball/kerri-walsh-jennings-PESPT00016024.topic">Kerri Walsh</a> (above) will try for an unprecedented three-peat, but much has changed in four years. Walsh gave birth to two children, and May-Treanor had to recover from an Achilles injury suffered while rehearsing for "Dancing With the Stars."<br>
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<b>Top U.S. prospects: </b>There is another talented American team: Jennifer Kessy and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT00015996" title="April Ross" href="/topic/sports/volleyball/april-ross-PESPT00015996.topic">April Ross</a> barely missed making the team last time but are now ranked No. 4 in the world.<br>
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<b>Others to watch: </b>No surprise that a Brazilian duo -- Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva -- are No. 1 in the Olympic rankings. The Chinese will send Zhang Xi and Xue Chen.<br>
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<b>Little-known fact: </b>Three-thousand tons of sand were brought from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey, to create temporary courts just outside the prime minister's official residence to create a backdrop for this television-friendly sport.

( Jim McIsaac, Getty Images / July 19, 2008 )

Key dates: Gold medal match on Aug. 8

Venue: Horse Guards Parade

Big story: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (above) will try for an unprecedented three-peat, but much has changed in four years. Walsh gave birth to two children, and May-Treanor had to recover from an Achilles injury suffered while rehearsing for "Dancing With the Stars."

Top U.S. prospects: There is another talented American team: Jennifer Kessy and April Ross barely missed making the team last time but are now ranked No. 4 in the world.

Others to watch: No surprise that a Brazilian duo -- Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva -- are No. 1 in the Olympic rankings. The Chinese will send Zhang Xi and Xue Chen.

Little-known fact: Three-thousand tons of sand were brought from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey, to create temporary courts just outside the prime minister's official residence to create a backdrop for this television-friendly sport.

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