Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Release courtesy of the FIVB
BEIJING (Aug. 22, 2008) – After a vote by the media and officials, Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) of the United States has been named the Most Outstanding Player for the women’s competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Competing as the second-seeded tandem in the 24-team Beijing 2008 Olympic Games field, May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) captured their second Summer Games gold medal on Thursday at the 12,200-seat Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground, by defeating top-seeded Jia Tian and Jie Wang of China 21-18 and 21-18 in 42 minutes.
Thursday’s win was the 14th-straight Olympic beach volleyball victory for May-Treanor and Walsh as the Americans posted the identical record in winning the Athens 2004 Olympic Games by not losing a set. Walsh, who was named the Athens Most Outstanding Player, finished second this time as May-Treanor was the runner-up in the Greek capital city.
“We worked so hard for this,” said the 31-year May-Treanor. “This match (against Tian and Wang) was so big. We have just gone back-to-back in the Olympics (winning gold medals). No one has ever done that (in Beach Volleyball). I am so lucky; this is so special (the gold medal). Kerri and I love each other. We have been training for so long. Gold was our goal and we did it.”
The 2002 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour champions with Walsh, May-Treanor has also been honored internationally with the following awards:
- The most outstanding player in 2005.
- The best defender in 2007.
- The best offensive player in 2005 and shared the award with Walsh in 2007.
- The best setter in 2005.
- Top sportsperson in 2007 with Walsh.
Thursday’s win for May-Treanor and Walsh was their 69th-straight FIVB match victory since losing 21-19 and 21-19 to Tian and Wang last year in a semifinal match at the Norwegian Grand Slam on June 30 in Stavanger. It was their 108th overall match victory. The last time they lost a domestic match was Aug. 19, 2007 at the AVP Crocs Tour event in Boston when they fell to Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) in the final, 21-15, 19-21, 14-16.
Three-time SWATCH-FIVB World champions, May-Treanor and Walsh have now compiled a combined mark of 40-1 for two Olympic and four world championship events since forming their partnership in April 2001. In winning Beijing gold in two sets, the Americans have now won 47-straight sets.