Beach Dynasty Ends in Gold

How could you not love Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, when this was their reaction to every beach volleyball victory? (www.instyle.com/Getty Images; Landov)

I remember the day so clearly. Aug. 15, 2004. I was visiting my grandparents in Wisconsin, setting the table at my maternal grandparents’ house for breakfast. The 2004 Summer Olympics played in the background, but morning broadcasts rarely mattered, so I didn’t pay much attention.

I glanced up at the TV at one point, and some Americans I’d never heard of were playing beach volleyball. Misty May and Kerry Walsh. Who were they?

I’d always liked volleyball, my college “career” having ended just a year prior when its demands conflicted too much with my Ultimate off-season training. So I started to watch.

Almost instantaneously, I became a fan.

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