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May-Treanor, Walsh Win Gold Again

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, high school rivals who have become the most dominant beach volleyball team ever, won their second straight gold medal this morning with a 21-18, 21-18 victory over the Chinese team of Tian Jia and Wang Jie in a driving rain at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Grounds.

May-Treanor and Walsh thus won their 69th straight international match and 108th straight match overall. They did not lose a set in the Olympic tournament.

The match was held despite the rain, and while May-Treanor and Walsh were pushed in a tight first set that featured 12 ties, they used a smart combination of finesse and power to control the second set. Walsh finished the match off with a spike, and the long-time teammates embraced in the sand to celebrate.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 20, 2008; 11:52 PM ET
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Never thought Beach Volleyball could be so interesting. May-Treanor was unbelievable. She must be the Michael Jordan of woman's Beach volleyball.

Posted by: kits | August 21, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

That was great to watch very exciting. Those girls can play. Very happy for them.

Posted by: MM | August 21, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? Is this an actual sport? I don't think years from now people will give this a second glance. I don't recall any great moments of drama associated with beach volleyball in the Olympics. I don't know if Bud Greenspan will waste any film on this distraction.

Posted by: marcpenn | August 21, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Ever since Michael Jordan (1992) used the American flag as a towel to drape his shoulders during the medal ceremony in order to hide the logo of a Nike competitor, my disgust has grown with the way these athletes, including Ms. Walsh just a few minutes ago, treat our banner. Brave men have given their lives to keep that same flag from touching the ground during battle. Now, these circus performers treat it like a paper towel, easily discarded once the photographers have had their fill. I know, I know, we're happy we won, and we should be supportive, but would it cost the USOC mafia too much to give them all a class on how to (not) handle the flag?

Posted by: Jeff Taylor | August 21, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

have never watched beach volleyball before, but watching May/Walsh dominate was amazing... I will remember beach volleyball as one of the high points of the olympics. They were impressive and played with class and good sportsmanship. I think they represented the USA and their sport well!

Posted by: soonertwin | August 21, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I think you need to chill out about the flag! They are wearing the flag in pride for their country and the hard work they put in to get there!

Posted by: maria | August 21, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

very good

Posted by: lisr | August 21, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm an American Chinese so I was rooting for either one... It's a win win situation for me! :-) But the American girls seriously deserved to win cuz they are VERY good at what they do! woohoo!!!

Posted by: Robert | August 21, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I use to play volley ball as a youngster and I love watching it now...Most people do not realize the game is a tough act of agility and you must use your jumping ability as well as have the ability to do perfect sets for spiking..Beach Volley Ball is awesome regardless of what any one says.. Those two gals are really great players and make one heck of a team...

Posted by: N Bustamante | August 21, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

This repeat of an Olympic Gold medal for Beach Volleyball won't be remembered? Something that has NEVER been done before. Are you serious? Winning 108 matches in a row, yeah that's not noteworthy either eh? Imagine for a moment how damn difficult that is to achieve, could you do it? I doubt most of us could walk very well through sand yet alone win 2 consecutive Olympic gold medals and 108 straight matches in a row.

And as to the claim that no one cares about Beach Volleyball why has it been perhaps the most popular event in this Olympics then? Hell they even stretched the time out between the times teams play from way game to the next in order to capitalize on it's popularity.

As to the treatment of the flag, it is completely insane to say that the Olympians do not respect the American flag. They are representing our country proudly and outstandingly by even participating in these games. Let alone dominating as May and Walsh have. Oh and in case you missed it Kerri Walsh thanked President Bush himself after the game. So yeah she is not a patriot or anything right?

Spare me your petty claims and gripes. Please.Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh are great American Champions and we should all be proud of their Golden Victory, heart and superhuman display of athletic skill.

Posted by: Mayniac | August 21, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

It's quite obvious why beach volleyball is popular. It's the sex appeal stupid.

Posted by: duh | August 21, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Oh please! The only reason it's been popular is because NBC has been televising it ad nauseum, only focusing upon the "sports" that has featured mostly Americans that have a rather decent shot at a gold medal. Additionally, we on the West Coast have been taped delayed to the point of not watching it at all. I've read that ESPN is considering bidding on the 2012 Olympics. I hope they win, so that we can view the Olympics live as it was meant to be, regardless of the time zone. If this is such a big "sport" who won the beach volleyball gold at Seoul, Barcelona or Atlanta for that matter? I didn't think so. Let this go the way of "Tug-of-War" and "Rhythmic Gymnastics" in the Olympics.

Posted by: marcpenn | August 21, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

it's just more medals. no one cares about beach volleyball. the only thing remotely interesting about it are the women and well there's no shortage of women in the world to look at so that's no recommendation for it either.

NBC's 3 great orgies these games

1)Phelps. The DVD is on sale now.
2)Liukin and Johnson. Its a good thing Liukin won the all around instead of Johnson or Bob Costas would be insufferable by now.
3)Walsh/May-Treanor. I used to like watching beach volleyball but NBC has overloaded it on me. Variety is the spice of life, they don't need to be stuffing it on our faces nearly everyday.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

yeah, congratulations toward the two girls, but also cheers Tian Jia, Wang Jie, though lost the game, but also did a great job. every athletes attend the Olympics are all great!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Marcpenn you are a real idiot.You should google before you blog-IDIOT. Beach volleyball became an Olympic event in 1996!

Atlanta '96-Dilva/Pires GOLD
Sydney '00- Pottharst/Cook GOLD
Athens '04-May/Walsh GOLD
Beijing '08-May/Walsh GOLD

It's a great up and coming sport and YES smart people really do find it exciting. Maybe you were too busy trying to understand table tennis.

Posted by: Proud American | August 21, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful Job. So proud of you.

Posted by: Isley | August 21, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Screenshot or it didn't happen.

Posted by: Delucian | August 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm betting that our men in uniform, current or former, didn't mind at all seeing May-Treanor and Walsh draped in the Stars and Stripes...and I'm also willing to bet that May-Treanor and Walsh would 'put a whuppin' on anyone that literally tried to "desecrate" the American flag in their presence, for that matter.

Posted by: Member of the 21st Century | August 21, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

More Kerri Walsh & Misty May-Treanor Gold Medal Winning Match 2008 Photos:

Posted by: chickensquashface | August 22, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

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