>> Tuesday, 19 August 2008

I've found myself getting uncharacteristically enthusiastic about the Olympic Games over the last few days. Not sure why; maybe it's because the BBC are making it so accessible with their digital multi-screen, maybe it's because in 4 years time London will be where it's all happening (heaven help us), or perhaps - and most likely - it's because 'Team GB' are doing so unexpectedly well.

But I would like to know...

...those outfits the competitors in the Women's Beach Volleyball Olympic Championships wear.

Are they REALLY necessary?


Jonny's Mommy 19 August 2008 at 14:22  

No and neither are the American's little outfits. They might as well be naked. *shudder* Though I'm sure the men would loooove it.

Jonny's Mommy 19 August 2008 at 14:22  

That should be Americans' I'm trying to get better with this punctuation, thing, am, I doin', any, better?

Probably, not.

Mom de Plume 19 August 2008 at 15:42  

No, they are totally unnecessary. I am never surprised, being that men are hoggers of remote controls, to see that the womens' volleyball has been left on. Those women have clearly never had children! I am inclined to believe they are not real women anyway... maybe something Q came up with to distract 007?

Hmm, I may sound a little spiteful! :)

The Rotten Correspondent 19 August 2008 at 16:49  

Someone I know who is really into sports told me that not only does he consider them necessary, but they are actually mandatory and dictated by the sports officials.

Can this really be true??

aims 19 August 2008 at 18:17  


Don't get me started on beach volleyball! Every single time I sit down to watch the olympics - they're showing F*****g beach volleyball! It's driving me mad!

Aren't there any other sporting events happening? I wouldn't know -

valley girl 19 August 2008 at 21:51  

I was wondering the exact same thing earlier. Also if it was in their contract that same bikini-clad girlies have to hug and kiss each other when excited about winning - surely it's just Olympics porn?

Potty Mummy 19 August 2008 at 22:34  

J's Mommy, hi, and I never got round to reading it myself (you can probably tell), but have you come across a book called 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' by Lynn Truss? It's an exciting tome all about punctuation - if that floats (or is it float's?) your boat...

MdP; I think you may be onto something there. 'Fembots' were the Austin Powers version, I believe. Just don't get in the line of fire of the volleyball players nipples, is all I can say.

RC - yes, it probably can. And THAT is the world we live in...

Aims, there most certainly are. And if you're looking for female eye candy you could do worse than check out some of those rangy high jumpers I was watching this afternoon. Poetry in motion. Technically speaking, obviously.

VG - Olympics porn; I think you should trademark that. You could make a lot of money with the games coming here in 4 years time...

Expatmum 20 August 2008 at 04:22  

All I can say is if I had those bods I bloody well be on the beach, wearing next to nothing for all the world to see. As it is, well......

sharon 20 August 2008 at 04:56  

Coming out of lurkdom to say that these outfits are supposedly for the 'comfort of the players' and have nothing to do with appealing to the baser instincts of any passing voyeur. After all, it's a well-known fact that we women really love sand ground into every nook and cranny we possess. Maybe I'll believe the hype over these skimpy costumes (in any sport) when the men wear the same minimal covering.

GB's results are rather phenomenal this year. Well done!

Tracey 20 August 2008 at 06:42  

I have already voiced similar opinions (to my family) about the women's beach volleyball attire. Perhaps it is sheer envy, but it seems totally unnecessary. (And hello skin cancer!) Perhaps I'm just jealous, but I just think "Ewww!". To second Sharon's opinion, when the men start wearing budgie smugglers, I'll believe the crap about the comfort factor!!

Samurai Beetle 20 August 2008 at 07:15  

conversation had with Christian husband -
husband in outraged tone "these vollyball outfits are ridiculously small! I'm going to have to change the channel."
wife at keyboard while pumping endlessly "huh! guess the Christian drugs are working."

Grit 20 August 2008 at 08:35  

i think grit could fit into one of those costumes while popping down the co-op for a bottle of beer.

that would probably put an end to the fashion.

Potty Mummy 20 August 2008 at 08:45  

You and me both EPM...

Hi Sharon, thanks for delurking, and yes - I just love getting sand in interesting places, almost as much as I love shopping for bikinis... And yes, the results are - well, unexpected (by me, anyway!)

Tracey, budgie smugglers - I love it!

SB, I think you're in a very small club having a husband who would say that - you lucky woman!

Grit, fantastic. Can I watch?

Millennium Housewife 20 August 2008 at 10:09  

I thought that! Why a bikini? They're not on a real beach so why pretend. It smacks of titilation to be honest, throw in a baywatch style theme tune and a bit of silicone and you've got yourself a hit show. I take dibs on the copywrite MH

Potty Mummy 20 August 2008 at 17:31  

Sounds like you've got yourself a hit MH, though maybe we should all pitch in and come up with some surreal blog from this fictional team to base the series on... Because we've all got the time for that, obviously.

So, here goes:
How about basing the team in the shadow of the Dunlop works in Birmingham, and calling the team bxtch (sorry, captain) Sandra (she works part-time in a sheep-grooming parlour - a doomed business but she's determined to make it work), fighting for her position against an incomer called Sunshine, and then...

Your turn

Iota 21 August 2008 at 01:31  

I'm sorry, but should beach volleyball really be in the Olympics at all? I mean, it's volleyball on the beach, isn't it? Are we going to have beach cricket, back garden soccer, etc?

And synchronised diving. I love it. It's fantastically skilful, and great to watch. But it's a dangerous precedent. Is London going to have to host synchronised running, synchronised hurdling. Could we even get two teams playing synchronised beach volleyball?

Glad to hear GB is doing well. If you watch US coverage (I'm talking media coverage, not beach volleyball attire here), you'd think there were two teams competing, US and China, with a few stray individuals from other nations thrown in to add a few colourful flags. Could someone tell NBC that the spirit of the Olympics isn't just how well the US are doing compared to the host nation? Grrrr.

Potty Mummy 21 August 2008 at 21:31  

Iota, it's probably not much less biaised here, it's just that the UK having won so many fewer gold medals than the US and China, the BBC are forced to feature other countries to fill in airtime...

Iota 22 August 2008 at 14:45  

Although if you think of it in terms of medals per population, UK is going quite well compared to the biggies.

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