London Olympics: American women Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings win once again in the sand today in women’s beach volleyball semi-finals; fellow American players April Ross and Jennifer Kessy to play later
American superstar beach volleyball duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings beat China’s Chen Xue and Xi Zhang in the London Olympic women’s beach volleyball semi-finals Tuesday, moving them on to the gold-medal round.
Meanwhile, fellow American volleyball team April Ross and Jennifer Kessy will face Brazilian team Juliana Silva and Larissa Franca in the other women’s beach volleyball semi-final, to begin at 4 p.m. EST.
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Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal of the United States lost to Latvian duo Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins Monday night in the men’s beach volleyball quarterfinals at the London 2012 Olympics knocking them out of the competition.
There’s a chance that the two American women teams will compete against each other in the final if they both win Tuesday’s matches. Talk about pressure!
Olympic and professional athletes need to maintain extreme focus while competing at this level – whether it be in the face of inclement weather, noise from fans, or the pressure of the Olympic Games themselves.
Watch beach volleyball athletes Jennifer Fopma & Whitney Pavlik on the experience of playing their sport in the chaos of Times Square, and how they stay focused:
Fopma and Pavlik reached the Olympic hopeful level with extreme focus and a lot of practice. “I think setting a certain goal for yourself and having that in the back of your mind all the time – no matter what you’re doing – knowing that you’re always pushing to achieve that goal, like the Olympics, keeps you pretty motivated and pretty focused,” said Pavlik.
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