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Misty Retires From Beach Volleyball After Historic Win with Walsh Jennings.

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The American duo of May-Walsh once again dominated in beach volleyball with a perfect Games record of 21-0, having lost just a single set (earlier in this year’s Games) along the way. It was more about the journey this time.

Walsh Jennings will carry on toward Rio in 2016, May-Treanor is done, preferring to leave the sport on top, and plans to dedicate herself to family life with as much effort as she pursued athletic glory.

“Now it is time for me to be a wife,” said May-Treanor, after she and Walsh Jennings defeated fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the final, 21-16; 21-18. “I want to be a mom. Our families sacrifice more than people realize and this is about getting back to that. My mind says it’s time, my body says it’s time. It’s the right time.

 

The pair competed together for 11 years and celebrated with hugs and smiles and tears at the journey the two of them completed together. They went to couples therapy, separate injuries, and Walsh Jennings took time to have children.

“Our competitive journey is done and that crushes me,” Walsh Jennings said. “We will be able to be girlfriends but we won’t be playing together. It makes it really hard, really bittersweet, but I’m really proud that we went out the way we did.”

 

 

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