09/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball: A Photo Slideshow

American beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor had a close call Friday morning in Beijing, winning their match against Belgium after five set points in the first set. The defending gold medalists, Walsh was also celebrating her 30th birthday.

The sport has proven a television success, with it's combination of athleticism, bikinis, blaring music and cheerleaders.

After almost a week of competition, here are some of the best AP photos so far.