OLYMPIC MONITOR

THE SCIENCE OF WINNING ON SAND

Questions about why she wears a bikini really irritate U.S. beach-volleyball player Nancy Reno. "It's just logical," she says. "We play in 85 degrees-to-100 degrees temperatures. We wear them for performance." At first glance, logic does not seem to have had much to do with the rest of Reno's career. The Illinois native is master of a sport dominated by the Southern Californians, who invented it. And if you are expecting a beach-blanket bimbo, think again. On the way to becoming the world's best blocker and a favorite for the Olympic gold, this 30-year-old has...

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