Misty, Kerri are three times golden
ASSOCIATED PRESS August 8, 2012 11:27PM
Misty May-Treanor (left) and Kerri Walsh Jennings rejoice on the podium after winning their third Olympic gold medal in a row. | Getty Images
Updated: September 10, 2012 1:50PM
LONDON — Misty May-Treanor danced on the sand and then off it, taking a victory lap around the court before leaving Horse Guards Parade with Kerri Walsh Jennings as three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists.
Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor extended their Olympic winning streak to 21 in a row — unbeaten in Athens, Beijing and now London — with a 21-16, 21-16 victory against Jennifer Kessy and April Ross on Wednesday night in an all-American championship game.
“We set the bar very high,” said May-Treanor, who has said she will retire. “We extended ourselves over that bar even higher.”
Even Ross and Kessy, who won a silver medal in their Olympic debut, have called their fellow Americans legends.
“They’re the best team of all time,” Kessy said.
Dominating the sport for three Olympics, Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor have won every match they’ve ever played at the Summer Games and lost just one of 43 sets.
“Kudos. Hats off to them,” Ross said. “That’s just ridiculous.”
Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor pulled away in the first set and were never threatened in the second, falling to their knees and hugging as Ross’ final serve went long on match point.
May-Treanor began doing a funky jig to rival the scantily clad cheerleaders who help bring the beach party atmosphere to the sold-out crowds in central London.
The winners then took the celebration to the stands, circling the temporary 15,000-seat stadium built on the household cavalry’s centuries-old parade grounds and high-fiving just about anyone holding an American flag.
They hugged on the podium after the gold medals were draped around their neck then shared one with their fellow Californians — first-time Olympians who helped give the United States its best women’s finish since beach volleyball was added to the Olympics in 1996. AP