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Olympic Beach Volleyball Sand Will Not Stick to Your Body

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Last night Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Beach Volleyball Gold Medal in grand style. If you have been watching the beach volleyball competition throughout these Olympic games, have you noticed that the sand never seems to stick to the player’s body and wondered why?

I just returned from a beach vacation and STILL have sand on me! Turns out there is a good reason why these players jump, dive and sweat during a match and never have to brush the sand off their bodies.

The sand they play in during the Olympic games is not actual beach sand. The sand used for competition consists of a specially made, smoother and rounder grain that is designed specifically not to stick and just roll off the body. The International Volleyball Federation heavily regulates this sand to ensure there are no pebbles or bits of shells like you find at the beach.

Oh sure, they might wind up with a little sand inside their short-shorts, but it will not stick to their bodies even when they are sweating. There’s your answer, just in case you were wondering.

[Yahoo Sports]

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