Three-time Olympic champion Karch Kiraly returned from Atlanta just in time to dive into the 1996 Miller Lite/AVP Tour, kicking off Friday in Manhattan Beach. Kiraly, 35, helped rule the six-man indoor game with two gold medals in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, and took top honors two weeks ago at the Atlanta Games, with partner Kent Steffes in two-man beach volleyball.
Kiraly and Steffes are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 on the Miller Lite tour. Last year Kiraly became the first player to top the $2-million mark. (This year marks the 20th anniversary of beach volleyball turning professional.)