• Brazil's Alison Cerutti is embraced by fans after defeating Italy during the men's beach volleyball gold medal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Brazil wins beach volleyball gold medal in rain

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Alison and Bruno stood on the top step of the Olympic podium, holding back tears as the booming voices of the Carioca singing the Brazilian national anthem rose above the waves crashing against Copacabana beach.

  • Medalists jump off the podium after the medals ceremony in the women's beach volleyball competion of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. From left are, Brazil's Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas de Freitas with the silver medal, Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst with the gold medal, and United States' April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings with the bronze medal. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    German women beat Brazil for Olympic beach volleyball gold

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — On their left was the United States, the birthplace of beach volleyball and the most successful country in its Olympic history.