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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

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And one more small note on the Olympics before we move on. Later this week, the American women's beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will compete for their second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the sport.

And before the competition ends, we couldn't resist talking a little bit about what they will be wearing or what they've been wearing all along. If you've seen any of the women's beach volleyball competition, you know that, well, it's not very much.

The women wear bikinis. And we've overheard a lot of people wondering why. So, we called Holly McPeak. She played beach volleyball in three Olympics and won a bronze medal in Athens. She told us women are allowed to wear a one piece but choose not to because of comfort.

Ms. HOLLY McPEAK (Olympic Bronze Medalist, Athens Olympics): It's the least restrictive outfit. You don't have an issue with sweat and sand collecting in places that you don't want it to. It really is the most functional uniform for beach volleyball. You know, I see the marathoners running in what's a little bigger than a bikini and the track athletes. But they don't - I mean, they could all be wearing tights. They don't have the issue of sweat and sand collecting in the places uncomfortable.

NORRIS: Okay. You heard it here. That was beach volleyball player and three-time Olympian, Holly McPeak. Bikinis explained.

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