Beach volleyball dress code

Is

2012 the year to say goodbye to the Olympic bikini? Not necessarily, but a

new rule introduced for the London Games allows beach volleyball athletes to

cover up from the tiny swimwear. After Saturday’s preliminaries, Australia was the

only nation to be covered from shoulder to ankle, while its American opponents boasted red bikini bottoms with covered torsos. Nations like Germany, Brazil, and China participated with the skimpy beach outfit. -- By Paul Rosales

Beach Volleyball

Misty May-Treanor, right, and Kerri Walsh, left, of US celebrate winning a point against Australia in their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Nat Cook of Australia reacts against the United States during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Misty May-Treanor of the United States looks on during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Nat Cook of Australia dives for the ball against the United States during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Beach Volleyball

Kerri Walsh of the United States reacts after making a point during a beach volleyball match against Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Beach Volleyball

Natalie Cook from Australia dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Beach Volleyball

Tamsin Hinchley, left, form Australia tries to block Kerri Walsh, right, of US during their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Beach Volleyball

Misty May-Treanor, right, and Kerri Walsh, left, of US celebrate winning a point against Australia in their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Beach Volleyball

Australia's Natalie Cook dives for the ball during a beach volleyball match against the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Beach Volleyball

Misty May-Treanor, left, and Kerri Walsh, right, of US celebrate after defeating Australia in their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Katrin Holtwick (L) and Ilka Semmler of Germany celebrate their victory in the Women's Beach Volleyball match between Germany and Czech Republic on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Ilka Semmler of Germany serves during the Women's Beach Volleyball match between Germany and Czech Republic on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Katrin Holtwick of Germany serves during the Women's Beach Volleyball match between Germany and Czech Republic on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Katrin Holtwick of Germany celebrates during the Women's Beach Volleyball match between Germany and Czech Republic on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Beach Volleyball

Greece's Maria Tsiartsiani reacts during a beach volleyball match against Switzerland at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. Switzerland won in straight sets. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Vasiliki Arvaniti of Greece dives for the ball against Switzerland during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round between Switzerland and Greece on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Beach Volleyball

Maria Tsiartsiani, right, from Greece tries to block Simone Kuhn, left, from Switzerland during their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Nadine (L) Zumkehr and Simone Kuhn of Switzerland celebrate a point against Greece during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round between Switzerland and Greece on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Beach Volleyball

Czech Republic's Marketa Slukova, front, and teammate Kristyne Kolocova react at the end of a 3-2 set win over Austria in a women's beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Kristyna Kolocova and Marketa Slukova of Czech Republic celebrate their victory after the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round against Austria on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Beach Volleyball

Brazil's Larissa Franca following a beach volleyball match against Mauritius at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Larissa Franca (R) and Juliana Silva of Brazil in action during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Natacha Rigobert looks on while Nioun Chin Elodie Li Yuk Lo of Mauritius (L) returns the ball during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Beach Volleyball

Anastasia Vasina from Russia dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against China at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Chen Xue (L) and Xi Zhang of China look on during Women's Beach Volleyball match between China and Russia on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)