B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 23, 2008) - A misstep on the dance floor has done nothing to tarnish U.S. beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor's feelings about her golden 2008 season.
May-Treanor, 31 from Costa Mesa, Calif., suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon while practicing for the ABC television show "Dancing with the Stars" on Oct. 3.
May-Treanor underwent successful surgery on Oct. 7 to repair the tendon and is now recovering at home with her husband, Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor. A full recovery is expected.
"I was considering taking some time off from volleyball and the injury just made that decision for me," May-Treanor said.
The injury was all the more unfortunate because May-Treanor felt her dancing had improved each week during the show.
"I was excited for the next dance because I felt like I was getting better and better," May-Treanor said. "It was a great experience and I hope to have the opportunity to finish what I started."
However, the injury can only be considered a small cloud in an otherwise sunny season for May-Treanor who along with partner Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) entered the history books in Beijing by becoming the first team to win two straight Olympic beach volleyball gold medals. The team finished the Games with a 108-match winning streak. May-Treanor and Walsh have never lost a match or a set in Olympic competition.
May-Treanor was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 Olympic tournament, where she finished third among all players in attacks with 107 (15.3 per match) and tied for third in digs with 43 (more than six per match).
May-Treanor and Walsh also won the three other FIVB Tour events in which they competed in 2008.
Domestically, May-Treanor and Walsh extended their winning streak to 112 matches before losing to fellow U.S. Olympians Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) in the final of the AVP Tour event on Aug. 31 in Cincinnati. However, they went on to win the next two AVP events in San Francisco and Manhattan Beach, Calif., and finished the season as the Crocs Cup Champions.
At the AVP's awards banquet on Oct. 22, May-Treanor swept the major honors, winning the Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player (defender) and Most Valuable Player honors while also earning the title of Team of the Year with partner Kerri Walsh.
On Oct. 24, May-Treanor will be among Southern California's female Olympians who are recognized at the 25th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.
The Olympians will be recognized on the track in advance of the races and will present trophies at the first ever all-female racing card being run exclusively for fillies & mares. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will participate in Opening Ceremonies along with other Los Angeles area celebrities.
"USA Volleyball is so proud of Misty and everything she has accomplished this season and in the past," said Ali Wood, USA Volleyball director of beach programs. "She has done so much to promote beach volleyball in the United States and around the world. We wish her a speedy recovery."
"It was such an amazing journey and I am so proud of what Kerri and I accomplished on the court and off," May-Treanor said.
May-Treanor added that she expects to return to both international and domestic competition, and wouldn't mind another chance at the dance floor as well. She appeared in the audience of Dancing with the Stars on Monday (Oct. 20).
"I know I will work extremely hard to get back on the sand and be better than ever. Life presents many different challenges and I look forward to taking this one head-on."