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Olympic beach volleyball duo one step away from realizing gold medal dream

Alix Klineman and April Ross are guaranteed to earn at least an Olympic silver medal after defeating Germany 2-0 in the Tokyo Games on Thursday morning local time.

Of note: It's the latest chapter in an enduring partnership, driven by past failures and bound by future aspirations.


The big picture: When Klineman switched from indoor to beach volleyball in 2017, Ross had already won two Olympic medals on the sand. In 2018, the players teamed up, and they've been on a success streak ever since.

  • After being left off Olympic rosters for indoor volleyball year after year, Klineman's tenacity matched with her partner's prowess led to the realization of her Olympic dreams.
  • Ross, who has a silver and bronze medal, hopes Klineman will help her realize her own Olympic dream of winning the gold. Now. they're only one step away from realizing that dream.

Results:

  • Prelim - Pool B
  • Klineman and Ross beat China, 2-0, in their first match.
  • Klineman and Ross defeated Spain, 2-0, in their second matchup.
  • Klineman and Ross won their match against the Netherlands, 2-1.
  • Klineman and Ross beat Cuba, 2-0, in the Round of 16 match.
  • Klineman and Ross beat Germany, 2-0,in the Quarterfinals
  • Semifinals - Klineman and Ross beat Switzerland, 2-0, in the semifinals. They are now guaranteed at least a silver.

When to watch:

  • Medal matches
  • Gold - Aug. 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Klineman and Ross will play either Australia or Latvia

What they're saying:

  • "I am just so thankful I chose [Klineman] as a partner when she was brand new," Ross told Fansided. "She was searching for a partner and now I feel like she's one of the best players in the world."
  • "You know I love competing and I'm very determined and I feel like ultimately my will was stronger than anything else, so that's why I feel like I'm here," Klineman recently said, per E! News.

Olympic medals...

2012 London Games

  • 🥈- Ross took home silver with Jennifer Kessy

2016 Rio Games

  • 🥉- Ross won bronze with Kerri Walsh Jennings

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