According to its official website, the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games will begin soon, and beach volleyball will once again be a featured sport. It is a fairly new Olympic event, having made its debut only 16 years ago at the Atlanta Olympics. Nonetheless, it has grown to become one of the most popular competitions at the Summer Games.
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One of these Americans is Phil Dalhausser. Here is some information on this athlete that will be of interest to anyone who plans to follow the men's Olympic beach volleyball tournament on television or in the media.
All of the data comes from USA Volleyball unless otherwise noted.
Name: Phil Dalhausser
Country: United States
Date of Birth: Jan. 26, 1980
Height: 6 feet, 9 inches
Resides: Ventura, Calif.
Gamer: Per NBC, Phil Dalhausser loves playing video games, and he is apparently quite good. In an interview, his volleyball playing partner, Todd Rogers, noted that Dalhausser, at one time, was among the best players in the world at Halo (a first person shooter).
Other Hobbies: Fantasy sports and tennis
Favorite T.V. Show: ESPN "SportsCenter"
Other Interesting Facts: Phil Dalhausser was born in Switzerland. While in high school, he only played volleyball for one year. Per NBC, he keeps his 2008 gold medal in his nightstand drawer.
College: University of Central Florida, where he played collegiate indoor sixes volleyball.
Professional Career: Per Beach Volleyball Database, Phil Dalhausser made his professional beach volleyball debut in 2003. He got off to a slow start; he did not win his first beach doubles tournament until 2005. However, after that point, his career took off. He has gone on to win a total of 68 beach volleyball doubles tournaments and has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, USA Volleyball Beach Male Athlete of the Year (in 2011). Over the course of his career, he has earned approximately $1,599,960 in prize money.
Olympic History: Phil Dalhausser and his partner, Todd Rogers, won the gold medal in beach volleyball at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. The duo will try to nab a second gold medal at the London Olympics.
1. Photographers/Redactors: Thue & Amada44 ("derivative work")
Date: December 31, 2011
Title/Description: A beach volleyball ball.
Location/Permission: Wikimedia Commons - Creators' notes (click on the title or the caption to see
the photo, credits, and permissions).
The author played recreational volleyball during his youth and early adulthood, as well as one year of club level volleyball at Roanoke College. He is an avid fan of the Olympic Games.
-- Anthony Hopper
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