Two-time Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings took on fellow Team USA mates Jen Kessy and April Ross in Wednesday afternoon’s All-American beach volleyball match in London – the first time since the 1996 debut of the sport in the Olympics that two teams from the same country have competed for a gold medal.
And did the golden girls make it three for three? They did!
At the end of the match, it was Walsh Jennings, 33, and May-Treanor, 35, who snagged the top honor from their opponents, landing them their third gold medal – the very first to do so in their sport.
May-Treanor did a celebratory dance in the sand, as she and her partner, who have played together for 11 years, extended their Olympic winning streak to 21 consecutive games.
“Misty and I have something really special. The world knows it, we know it, and we embrace it,” Walsh Jennings told NBC after the match, adding that the third medal “is insane. It doesn’t feel like it’s real.”
Also having a tough time gathering her thoughts? May-Treanor, who is retiring from the sport after the Games.
“I’m a little speechless right now,” she said. “I can’t believe this is my last match.”