Beach Volleyball is a relatively young Olympic sport, making its full debut at Atlanta 1996. Since then its popularity has rocketed and it looks set to be a crowd favourite at London 2012.
As its name implies, Beach Volleyball usually take place on a beach – the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games staged their competition on the world famous Bondi Beach. But in London, a city with a distinct lack of beaches, the athletes will compete on an entirely new stage, the world famous Horse Guards Parade.
A total of 96 athletes will compete for gold across the men's and women's events in the centre of London, with the world's eyes on the venue for an entirely new reason.