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Starting with Athens 2004, May-Treanor, 35, and Walsh, 34, won
21 consecutive Olympic matches without a single defeat, losing just
one solitary set in 43 played! They first played together on the FIVB
SWATCH World Tour in 2001, winning three World Championships
and a total of 40 gold medals, the last coming earlier this year at the
1to1 Energy Grand Slam in Gstaad, their very last Tour event.
In their final Olympic Games as a team, May-Treanor/Walsh led the
tournament in blocks (25) and digs (151). Individually, May-Treanor
led the tournament in digs (107) while Walsh led in blocks (24).
May-Treanor, who was also second-highest points scorer with 125,
said: “We set the bar very high with our first two gold medals and this
time we extended ourselves to an even higher level.
“The first two gold medals were for volleyball,” she continued. “This
one was about friendship and family. We have such a large support
group and our families have become so close, it’s almost like one
family. We’ve lived so much of our lives together, 24-7 it seems for all
these years. But after we were apart for nearly two years our reunion
was so special and we’ve been more connected these last two years
than the first nine we were a team.”
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The moment of truth
‘Our families have become so close, it’s almost like one family’
‘It’s unbelievable after all we
went through to just get to
London, let alone to win the
gold medal’