US women’s beach volleyball team wears bikini bottoms after Norway’s team


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Team USA’s women’s beach volleyball team donned sports bras and bikini bottoms as they hit the court on Monday for a practice session ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

While the tiny, skin-baring uniforms have been around for Olympic Games past, this year they’ve proven controversial after Norway’s team refused to wear them for the recent European Championship, claiming the revealing bikini bottoms make them feel uncomfortable and unnecessarily sexualized.

Members of Team USA, however, don’t appear to have objections to the skimpy sportswear, with team members photographed donning them for practice earlier today.

Gettin' ready! Team USA's women's beach volleyball team donned bikini bottoms as they hit the court on Monday for a practice session ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo

Gettin’ ready! Team USA’s women’s beach volleyball team donned bikini bottoms as they hit the court on Monday for a practice session ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo

Strong! Alexandra Klinema works on her game ahead of the Olympics in Tokyo

Strong! Alexandra Klinema works on her game ahead of the Olympics in Tokyo

Uniform: Her teammate April Ross (pictured) wore the same look to practice on Monday

Uniform: Her teammate April Ross (pictured) wore the same look to practice on Monday

Revealing: While the tiny, skin-baring uniforms have been around for Olympic Games past, this year they've proven controversial after Norway's team refused to wear them for the recent European Championship

Revealing: While the tiny, skin-baring uniforms have been around for Olympic Games past, this year they’ve proven controversial after Norway’s team refused to wear them for the recent European Championship

Teammates Alexandra Klineman, 31, and April Ross, who turns 39 tomorrow, were seen practicing on a volleyball court outside of the arena on Monday.

Both wore Team USA bikini tops and bottoms that fell inches below their navels. They certainly showed plenty of skin, but protected their faces from the sun with sunglasses and visors.

The pair have been playing together since 2018 and ranked number two in the world. Considered top contenders for medals, they already have six Federation of International Volleyball wins.

Ross also has an Olympic silver medal from 2012 and a bronze from 2016.  

Though neither seemed particularly uncomfortable in the uniform, their Norwegian counterparts have spoken out against the barely-there outfit.

At the European Beach Handball Championship in Varna, Bulgaria on Sunday, the teammates donned not bikini bottoms but tight shorts as they faced off against Spain.

In doing so, they risked a fine of 50 euros per player per match, according to Norway’s Katinka Haltvik, quoted by public broadcaster NRK.

Skilled: The pair have been playing together since 2018 and ranked number two in the world. Considered top contenders for medals, they already have six Federation of International Volleyball wins

Skilled: The pair have been playing together since 2018 and ranked number two in the world. Considered top contenders for medals, they already have six Federation of International Volleyball wins

Ross also has an Olympic silver medal from 2012 and a bronze from 2016

Ross also has an Olympic silver medal from 2012 and a bronze from 2016

Winner: Ross (pictured) also has an Olympic silver medal from 2012 and a bronze from 2016

Whatever: Members of Team USA don't appear to have objections to the skimpy sportswear

Whatever: Members of Team USA don’t appear to have objections to the skimpy sportswear

Ahead of the European Championship, Norway approached the European Handball Federation to ask for permission to play in shorts, but were told that breaches of the rules were punishable by fines.

The team decided to go ahead with the shorts anyway, and Norwegian Handball Federation president Kare Geir Lio told AFP said that it was prepared to pay…



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