Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh once again beat another team on their way to gold in women’s beach volleyball in the 2012 London Olympics Wednesday night – but this time, their victory was different: They actually lost a set.
They defeated Austria’s sisters Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger, but the world’s 13th-ranked team lost their first Olympics set – ever, breaking their 31-straight set streak in consecutive Olympic games. May-Treanor and Walsh now advance to the round of 16, which will begin Friday or Saturday.
Walsh, 33, and May-Treanor, who turned 35 this week the day the two beat the Czech team, won gold medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008.
Meanwhile, Americans Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal beat Latvia earlier in the day in men’s beach volleyball.
But being an Olympic beach volleyball player is no small feat.
Professional beach volleyball player Steven VanderWerp hopes to one day take his place on Olympic sand. He says being an Olympic hopeful not only takes a lot of determination and motivation, but future Olympians spend hours every day in the gym, on the beach practicing their game, and focusing on nutrition.
Watch 2016 Olympic hopeful Steven VanderWerp share his Olympic dream:
“Going to the Olympics takes a lot of hard work, a lot of training,” VanderWerp said. “It’s not a week goal, it’s a four-year dream and it’s about a lifelong dream of mine to represent the United States in the Olympics.”
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