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In Women's Beach Volleyball, Bikinis Give Comfort

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In Women's Beach Volleyball, Bikinis Give Comfort

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In Women's Beach Volleyball, Bikinis Give Comfort

In Women's Beach Volleyball, Bikinis Give Comfort

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Later this week, the U.S. women's beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will compete for their second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the sport. Both their game and their bikinis have drawn attention.

Holly McPeak, who has represented the U.S. at three Olympics and who won the bronze medal for beach volleyball at the 2004 Athens games, says women are allowed to wear a one-piece but choose instead to wear bikinis because of comfort.

"You don't have an issue of sweat and sand collecting in places that you don't want it to," she says. "It really is the most functional uniform for beach volleyball."

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