By Sharon Clott Kanter
Updated Jul 27, 2012 @ 10:45 am
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill; AP Photo/AVP/Holly Stein

There’s a new rule for beach volleyball players at the 2012 Olympics! Officials changed the dress code to allow women to compete in shorts and T-shirts, which appeases countries with religions that dictate women cover up. That said, Team USA’s Misty May-Treanor (right) and Jen Kessy (left) aren’t changing their sporty teeny looks! “This is the most comfortable thing for us to wear,” player Jen Kessy told the New York Post. And bikini designer Tara MatthewsJessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Alicia Keys love her two-pieces—agrees. “Bikinis will always be hot, as there are more options to flatter the body,” Matthews told “The combinations of tops and bottoms are endless and for an athlete, especially an Olympic volleyball player. Coverage is also less, so for an athlete, skin is able to breathe and would be a more comfortable option.” Watch the women’s team qualifying rounds—bikinis and all—starting Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC, and shop for Tara Matthews at

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