Beach Volleyball Legend Sandra Pires Set to Retire

After 20 years of spikes, sand and spandex, Brazilian beach volleyball legend Sandra Pires says she’s served enough time serving up shots and is calling it quits.

Sandra Pires Ana Paula Brazil volleyball

I was not aware that beach volleyball has been around long enough as a big-time sport to actually have “legends”. But Sandra did win a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics & claimed a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games, and she has over 1,000 overall volleyball victories to her name. So Sandra does deserve some respect on that front.

But I believe this is what truly makes her a legend:

Sandra Pires behind

Can’t go wrong with a beautiful Brazilian backside! More pics after the jump.

Sandra Pires

Sandra Pires

Sandra Pires

The last chance to see Sandra in action will be at the 2009 FIVB Brasil Open in Brasilia next month. It will be hard to say goodbye, but so wonderful to watch her walk away.