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Mariafe Artacho del Solar of Team Australia Women's Beach Volleyball digs for a ball during practice ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 21, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

This year’s volleyball competitors bring the heat on and off the sand court, so of course we had to include our favorite athletes competing in the Tokyo Games this year.

Since beach volleyball made its Olympic debut in 1996, the United States has established itself as a dominant force in the sport. Per The Washington Post, the U.S. women and men have each claimed three gold medals, more than any other country.

The preliminary rounds will be held from this Friday (July 23) to July 30, with elimination matches running from July 31 to August 6. The women’s medal matches are on August 5, followed by the men’s medal matches on August 6. The entire tournament will be held at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo.