This should come as no surprise to those of you who know me: My favorite spectator sport is women’s beach volleyball.
The first time I ever saw the sport, I was channel surfing. Normally, I quickly click past sporting events and look for something else, but when I saw so much sweaty lady skin, I stopped. I was mesmerized by the bikini-clad athletic women jumping, diving for the ball, and hugging each other whenever they made a good play. I was hooked.
I have always enjoyed watching women play volleyball–even indoors. Although it’s fun to play co-ed, I usually think of it as a women’s sport. Adding sand and bikinis to the mix only makes it better.
Naturally, the sport draws a lot of criticism for being exploitative. Perhaps it is. Personally, I would rather that my daughters have these healthy athletes as role models instead of starved supermodels. Although the obvious thrill of the sport is seeing beautiful women barely dressed, it is also great to watch them perform feats of athleticism that are well beyond the capability of the average untrained human being.
For good or ill, I am looking forward to this event in the London Olympics. Who’s with me? Does anyone else dig some women’s beach volleyball? What’s your favorite Olympic event?