The Major stop in the mountains
When legendary American beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings says the Gstaad Major is her favorite tournament then you know this beautiful beach-meets-the-mountains haven is the place to be!
Yes, for the third season running in 2017 beach volleyball fans will make the pilgrimage to the breathtaking Swiss Alps to watch the world’s best compete for a prize like no other anywhere in the world – a golden cowbell! Those big, beautiful ringing prizes are some if not the most unique trophies up for grabs in sport and the ones all the athletes crave to have at home!
In 2017 the Gstaad Major, which will take place between 4-9 July, promises to be yet another spectacular sporting highlight which draws the crowds from throughout Europe.
Who will be making the most noise on Center Court clutching their cowbell in front of the stunning Swiss scenery? We can’t wait to find out!
It’s fair to say that the Brazilians love the Alpine air in Gstaad. In 2016 – and for the second year in succession – the sweet Swiss air danced to a samba beat as teams from Brazil won both the men’s and women’s gold medals.
In the women’s tournament Larissa/Talita repeated their remarkable feat of 2015 by storming to yet another gold on the Gstaadium Center Court as they breezed past the American challenge of Walsh Jennings/Ross in just 36 minutes. After missing out on a medal at the Poreč Major, Ludwig/Walkenhorst secured the bronze by beating Dutch duo Meppelink/Van Iersel.
You can re-live the best of the action from the women’s final by swatching this!
Larissa/Talita BRA vs. Walsh/Ross USA The fight for the #GstaadMajor gold medal and the infamous Swiss cowbell. Rewatch the best action scenes from the match! Follow all things #GstaadMajor on: ch.swatchmajorseries.com https://www.facebook.com/SwatchBeachVolleyballMajorSeries/?fref=nf https://twitter.com/SwatchMajors https://www.instagram.com/swatchmajorseries/
Brazil’s brilliant dominance on the sand in Gstaad continued the following day when Pedro Solberg/Evandro swept aside Hamburg Major champs Lucena/Dalhausser in straight sets. The Brazilian boys were just too good, with Evandro’s pounding serve far too hot for the Americans to handle.
Don’t believe us? Just watch this video from the final…
Watch the highlights of the big fight for the cowbells: Solberg/Evandro (BRA) vs. Lucena Dalhausser (USA) Follow all things #GstaadMajor on: ch.swatchmajorseries.com https://www.facebook.com/SwatchBeachVolleyballMajorSeries/?fref=nf https://twitter.com/SwatchMajors https://www.instagram.com/swatchmajorseries/
There was not just on-court action to get excited about last year, either. Oh no: The eyes of the beach volleyball world were glued on Gstaad as the athletes bound for Rio found out who they would be playing in the pool play at the Olympic Games.
Rolling countryside, epic mountain backdrops, cows – yes cows! – golden cowbells and – for one week each year – a beach volleyball mecca! Welcome to Gstaad!
This picturesque mountain village in the heart of Switzerland is accustomed to hosting high society with stars of film, television, sport and politics regular visitors to this Alpine hideaway.
However, since 2000, Gstaad has also hosted top-class beach volleyball action, annually putting on one of the greatest shows on sand, the Gstaad Grand Slam.
But 2015 saw the tournament make its debut as a part of the Swatch Major Series and this beautiful, laid-back location continued its fine reputation once again in 2016 with a Major to remember. What stories will be written in 2017 and can Brazil continue to beat off all the competition?
Ticket information for this sought-after event will be announced in due course! Keep your eyes on the Swatch Major Series website and social media channels for further details.
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