From left: Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers
Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers proved that beach volleyball belongs to the Americans with a gold-medal finish that marked the first Olympic Games sweep in the sport. Nicknamed "The Thin Beast" and "The Professor," Phil and Todd got off to a rocky start, losing the first match of their Olympic Games debut. They were saved by double elimination and fought their way back to the finals where they faced off against the Brazilian team of Fabio Magalhaes and Marcio Araujo. The match was a nail-biter, but at 6'9" and the tallest player in the tournament, Phil sealed the deal when he blocked four shots in a row in the third set.