Dalhausser/Rogers capture their first Olympic gold while continuing their dominance in the world of beach volleyball
LOS ANGELES — August 22, 2008 – Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers have proven that they are the most dominant men’s beach volleyball team in the world, capturing their first Olympic gold medal Friday morning in Beijing. They defeated Brazil’s Marcio Araujo/Fabio Luiz by a score of 23-21, 17-21, 15-4. The duo was ranked second coming into the Summer Games; the top-ranked team of Ricardo and Emanuel of Brazil was upset in the semifinals by Araujo and Luiz
The first time was a charm for the top American team; the Beijing Games mark the first time either Dalhausser or Rogers has competed in the Olympics. The team suffered an early defeat at the hands of the Latvian team during the pool play, but after suffering that initial setback, the “Thin Beast” and “The Professor” moved easily through the Round of Sixteen.
Dalhausser and Rogers will return to AVP Crocs Tour action August 29-31 in Mason, Ohio, where the newly crowned gold medalists seek to defend their title as Cincinnati champions. They will then continue on to the AVP Crocs Shootout presented by Bud Light, in their shared home city, Santa Barbara, Calif.
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AVP, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. One of the fastest growing entities in the sports world, the AVP operates two of the industry’s most prominent national outdoor touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (1983) and the AVP Hot Winter Nights Indoor Tour (launched in 2008). The AVP is set to stage more than 35 events throughout the United States in 2008 and features more than 150 of the top men and women competitors in the sport. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, AVP athletes representing the United States won gold and bronze. The medals were the first won by the U.S. women in professional beach volleyball, and the 2007 World Champions in each gender are AVP athletes. AVP is headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., and the company¹s stock trades under the symbol AVPI on the OTC Bulletin Board. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
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