Perfect Ending For Beach Volleyball Stars
Perfect Ending For Beach Volleyball Stars, Misty May-Treanor retires after she and Kerri Walsh Jennings win their third straight Olympic title. Fresh take: Misty May-Treanor parts ways with Kerri Walsh Jennings, having won a third gold, Just minutes after winning her third-straight Olympic Games gold medal with partner Kerri Walsh Jennings, beach volleyball star Misty May-Treanor revealed she is quitting the sport to start a family with her husband, baseball player Matt Treanor.
The American duo of May-Walsh once again dominated the sand to round out their career together with a perfect Games record of 21-0, having lost just a single set (earlier in this year’s Games) along the way.
But while Walsh Jennings will carry on toward Rio in 2016, May-Treanor is done, preferring to leave the sport on top, and plans to dedicate herself to family life with as much effort as she pursued athletic glory.
“Now it is time for me to be a wife,” said May-Treanor, after she and Walsh Jennings defeated fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the final, 21-16; 21-18. “I want to be a mom. Our families sacrifice more than people realize and this is about getting back to that. My mind says it’s time, my body says it’s time. It’s the right time.”
The pair competed together for 11 years and celebrated with hugs and smiles and tears at the culmination of a remarkable journey. On form this year, they were not expected to complete the three-peat, but survived a series of obstacles to get the job done.
Along the way in these Games, the duo overcame dropping a set for the first time (to Austria’s Schwaiger sisters), a bout of pinkeye for Walsh Jennings and even the aftermath of some ongoing disputes that had caused them to seek “relationship counseling.” In the end, their experience and champion spirit came through against opponents who at times looked a little nervous, and allowed their legendary compatriots to pull away.