By Darci Miller and Kristina Harter
USA Volleyball Communications Interns
Sometimes it's not any one individual feat that defines "greatness" as much as it is the culmination of many accomplishments. Three-peat Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings are worldwide icons that exemplify this very scenario.
One year ago this month, this sand-loving, goal-achieving duo were not only crowned Olympic champions in London, but also became the first women's team in Olympic history to win three consecutive golds in any sport while maintaining the same team. Earning one Olympic gold medal is an exceptional accomplishment. To win three in three consecutive Olympic Games is historic.
Since that incredible accomplishment, much has changed for the two athletes. May-Treanor announced her retirement from international competition, graduated with a Master's Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine, and started Dream In Gold Clinics, a series of indoor and outdoor clinics nationwide.
Walsh Jennings and husband Casey Jennings welcomed their third child and first daughter, Scout, on April 6, 2013. Barely two months later, Walsh Jennings hit the sand to compete with April Ross in Switzerland, filling in for Jennifer Kessy who had to withdraw from the tournament. Walsh Jennings is looking forward to competing alongside Whitney Pavlik in the 2013 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour starting Friday (Aug. 16) and plans to train full time with Ross near the end of the year. They hope to compete for gold together at the 2016 Olympic in Rio.
The May-Walsh team is no longer competing together, but they took time to reflect on the one-year anniversary of earning their third gold medal as well as their extraordinary 12-year journey to get there.
Find out what other volleyball greats, including Karch Kiraly, Sinjin Smith, Holly McPeak, Matt Anderson and Danielle Scott, had to say about May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings' legacy.