Meet Team USA: Beach volleyball
Each country can earn a maximum of four quota spots, two per gender, for the Rio Olympic Games. The U.S. successfully earned two spots per gender and named eight athletes to the Olympic beach volleyball team. Four of the eight members are Olympians and three hold Olympic medals.
Kerri Walsh Jennings will return for her fifth Olympic Games in Rio. She made her Olympic debut in 2000 on the U.S. indoor national team and made her Olympic beach volleyball debut in 2004. She holds three consecutive gold medals in beach volleyball with former partner Misty May-Treanor. She will play with London silver medalist April Ross in Rio. The two enter will the Olympic tournament as the third seeded team.
Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat will make their Olympic debut at the Rio Games. The two make up the only team that does not have at least one member with Olympic experience. Sweat and Fendrick began their partnership in 2014.
Phil Dalhausser will make his third Olympic appearance in Rio. Dalhausser won gold at the 2008 Games alongside former partner Todd Rogers. The pair returned to finish ninth at the London Games. He joined forces with Nick Lucena in 2015. They will enter the Olympic tournament as the third seeded team.
Jake Gibb is making his third Olympic appearance in Rio. He made his debut at the Beijing Games alongside Sean Rosenthal, placing fifth. The pair repeated the performance at the London Games. Gibb began playing with Casey Patterson in 2013.