BEIJING – Maybe it was the gutsiest Olympic performance Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor had left. Almost certainly, it was the last.
The greatest duo in beach volleyball history did what no other team had done before, seizing their second straight gold medal despite mush-pocked sand and a pelting rain that drove a sellout crowd to retreat under ponchos and umbrellas. Walsh ended a pair of 21-18 set victories with a crushing spike between China’s Tian Jia and Wang Jie, extending Walsh’s and May-Treanor’s stunning streak of consecutive wins to 108 matches and counting.
Two golds, 108 wins and not a single lost set in Beijing … beach volleyball fans should soak it all in, because the future of this pairing looks as ominous as the sky they played beneath Friday.
“I want to take 2009 off,” Walsh said afterward. “I want to have a baby, and then come back.”