It started out as a joke, but was the kind of jocularity that binds athletes.
Karch Kiraly, who was on the verge of becoming the world's dominant volleyball player, peppered rivals at the 1979 Olympic Festival in Colorado Springs with water when they entered and exited his dormitory.
"I happened to have a room right over the entrance to the whole building," he recalled. "I was filling a trash can full of water and dumping people."
But Sinjin Smith and Tim Hovland, who today are two of the best beach pros, retaliated. Kiraly said he tried to seal the bottom of his door, but the pranksters took a fire extinguisher and shot it under the door.