Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh talk to NewsChannel 36

Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh talk to NewsChannel 36

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by NewsChannel 36 & Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 12:08 PM

LONDON -- NewsChannel 36 Dave Wagner caught up with beach volleyball gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh after their big win. 

For 11 years, they have been Kerri and Misty, the most recognizable faces in Olympic beach volleyball and a team that dominated the sport.

No one could beat them in the Summer Games.

And no one will get another chance.

In their final competition together, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings beat fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross to extend their Olympic record to 21-0 and win their third gold medal in a row.

May-Treanor said she will retire from international play, perhaps to coach and definitely to spend time with her husband, Matt, a catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who also travels often for his job.

"This is my last match," May-Treanor said. "Beach volleyball's not going to be my career anymore. ... It's time for me to be a wife. I want to be a mom and share time with my family. All of us as athletes sacrifice more on the family end than people realize. And it's getting back to that. My mind says it's time. My body says it's time. And it's the right time."

Dominating the sport for three Olympiads, Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor have won every match they've ever played at the Summer Games and lost just one of 43 sets.

No one had ever won even two beach volleyball gold medals before the Americans won their second straight in Beijing.

No woman had ever won three Olympic beach volleyball medals of any kind.

 

 

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