Once upon a time in a land far, far away two southern Californian
girls dared to dream of things not possible, like a pair of all-American
volleyball players switching to the sand to become the greatest
women’s beach volleyball team of all time. Yet the dream came true
beyond any doubt when Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their
third consecutive gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
It was fitting that these queens of the court won their final game
together at Horse Guards Parade, surely to become one of the most
iconic venues in Olympic history. Over 15,000 fans, including Britain’s
Prince Harry, paid tribute to their every move in the 21-16, 21-16 win
over their fellow Californians Jennifer Kessy and April Ross. “This was
my last match, and what a way to go,” said May-Treanor, who came
back to the sport only last year after a two-year break following a
number of serious injuries.
Walsh, who also took a lengthy time away to give birth to two sons,
said: “It’s like I’m dreaming. It’s unbelievable after all we went through
physically, mentally and emotionally to just get to London, let alone
to win the gold medal. We kept the pressure on Jen and April and
never let them feel comfortable on the court. We were really pretty
amazing, and I say that with humility and gratefulness for what we
have been able to do.”
‘This was my last match, and what a way to go,’
said May-Treanor
Fans from USA nail their colours to the mast
May-Treanor and Walsh bow out unbeaten