At a time when beach volleyballers were 'supposed' to be over 190cm to be competitive, this team, one just 162cm, the other a 'towering' 165cm, broke the stereotype. They may have been one of the smallest teams on the World Tour, but their accomplishments were monumental.
Jacqueline Silva and Sandra Pires played together in 27 FIVB World Tour events between 1994 and 1997, winning 11, and finishing in the top three in all but one event - were they finished fourth.
During 1996, they won six consecutive World Tour events, including, on 27 July, Beach Volleyball's first Olympic gold medal in Atlanta. After this historic win, only Brazil's second ever Olympic gold medal, and its first women's Olympic gold, they were immediately flown back home were tens-of-thousands lined the street to honour the victors. They followed up the next year, again on US soil at the UCLA Tennis Center, Los Angeles by defeating arch rivals, Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak of the USA, to take the 1997 World Championship.