The Thin Beast or the Beijing Beast

Phil Dalhausser

When Phil is on court, it’s best just to duck and cover

Portrait of Phil Dalhausser diving for a volleyball at dusk, on the beach in Santa Barbara 2011
© Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Phil Dalhausser. My discipline is beach volleyball. My friends call me The Thin Beast or the Beijing Beast. I was born on 26 January 1980 in Baden, Aargau, Switzerland. My special talent is blocking, and my offensive serve. My favourite food is burritos.


It's telling that, when asked to list his best achievements, professional beach volleyball player Phil 'The Thin Beast' Dalhausser stumbles to come up with two or three – and none of them are his Most Outstanding Player award at the 2008 Olympics, or his AVP top-ranked status. There's also no mention of his incredible 40-match FIVB winning streak with partner Todd Rogers. For all his athletic dominance on the court, the imposing 6'9" Olympic gold medallist is wholeheartedly humble.

Phil teamed up with veteran player Todd Rogers in 2006 and quickly became the best blocker in the game. In 2006, the pair won a gold medal in the Grand Slam in Klagenfurt, Austria, which ended a 50-event drought for U.S. men playing international volleyball. The next year, they took gold at the World Championships in Gstaad – a first for an American team. Their dominance led the U.S. duo to an incredible seven year partnership at the very pinnacle of the sport, during which time they took Olympic gold in 2008 in Beijing, where Phil's five blocks in the third set of the finals helped crown him Most Outstanding Player.

As of 2013, the legendary partnership with Todd reached its natural conclusion, and Phil found a new partner in the shape of Sean Rosenthal. The new pairing sees Phil take on the right side of the court – a new perspective for the giant of volleyball.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 2nd Place: Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals

      With partner Nick Lucena

      Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

  2. 2015
    1. 1st Place: FIVB World Tour - Xiamen Open

      With partner Nick Lucena

      Xiamen, China

  3. 2014
    1. 1st Place: FIVB World Tour - Gstaad Grand Slam

      With partner Sean Rosenthal

      Gstaad, Switzerland

  4. 2013
    1. 1st Place: FIVB World Tour - Long Beach Grand Slam

      Long Beach, California, USA

    2. FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slam Champion (Team)

      With partner Sean Rosenthal

      Rome, Italy

  5. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Swatch FIVB World Tour - Beach Volleyball (Team)

      Brasilia, Brazil

  6. 2010
    1. 2010 Swatch FIVB World Tour Champion

      With partner Todd Rogers

  7. 2008
    1. 1st Place: Olympic Games - Beach Volleyball (Team)

      Beijing, China