Olympic volleyball: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings win gold

In women’s beach volleyball, it seems, the old adage that “the third time is the charm” works well. At least, that’s how it worked in London, although for Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, the first and second times weren’t so bad either.

May-Treanor and Walsh won their third consecutive gold medal in the discipline on Wednesday, defeating fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross by identical 21-16 scores in straight sets.

The win marked yet another chapter in the pair’s long stranglehold on the top spot in the sport that has now spanned over a decade, numerous world championships, husbands, kids, stints on Dancing with the Stars, and now a third gold medal to go along with the hardware they picked up at Athens and Beijing.

This may mark the end of an era for the dynamic duo. May-Treanor has announced that she intends to retire and start a family, while Walsh, who already has two children of her own, will in all likelihood continue to play with a new, yet-to-be-determined partner. As a corollary, these London games acquired a special importance in the eyes of the pairing, who came into the final as determined as ever to win it all.

“Kerri and I have a goal, and we want it, and we see it daily,” said May-Treanor before today’s final. Her teammate echoed those sentiments when asked about the emotional impact of playing her last major tournament with her longtime other half.

“I’m focused on our goal, and our goal is to enjoy every second of this, which we’re doing, and our other goal is to win a gold medal,” said Walsh.

Now, she can check off the box for both golds. Once again, the gold is theirs.