Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser had little time to get bored, starting the season with two gold medals and a new FIVB record for consecutive match wins. They ruled the roost an incredible 40 times in a row until Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego put an end to this spectacular winning streak in the final in Prague. With four gold, three silver and two bronze medals, these Americans enjoyed stellar success and might have done even better if injuries hadn’t thrown a spanner in the works. In Beijing Dalhausser suffered a sprained ankle, while Rogers was laid up by a knee injury and subsequent surgery in Åland. Still, these Heroes finished the tour in second place and will be remembered in the history of beach volleyball for their new record of consecutive victories.
The ladies too brought home an impressive haul of trophies last year. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh started the season with silver medals, which they celebrated with Walsh’s two-year-old kids Joey and Sundance. More silver medals followed at Paf Open, HP Beach Open and the World Championships in Rome, but the best was yet to come with top placings in Beijing, then Moscow and at the A1 Grand Slam presented by Volksbank. Just like their male colleagues, Misty and Kerri finished the FIVB tour in second place overall.
Meanwhile, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy won the same number of medals as Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, but scored gold only once, at ConocoPhillips Grand Slam Stavanger. Their impressive results included bronze in Brasilia, Myslowice and Beijing as well as silver in Phuket, Shanghai and at Mazury Orlen Grand Slam. April was also honoured last season as Best Server and Best Hitter of the Swatch World Tour.
How will our FIVB Heroes do this year? Can they keep up their brilliant pace, or perhaps even do better without any injury problems? The beach volleyball season is about to begin and give us all the answers!