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Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings Win Olympic Gold in Women's Beach Volleyball, An Emotional Goodbye for Treanor [PHOTOS]

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Aug 09, 2012 01:25 PM EDT

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The dynamic duo-Misty May-Treanor, 35, and Kerri Walsh Jennings, 33, Jennings have done it again, winning their third gold medal in women's beach volleyball.

The pair played the summer games together for the last time with May-Treanor claiming she will retire from competitive beach volleyball after London. The team had won gold in the past two Olympics and had an amazing unbeaten streak of 21 in a row. The team defeated America's Jennifer Kessy and April Ross on Wednesday to win gold.

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Walsh said to The Huffington Post, "I think the mental challenge of yesterday was huge. An Olympic final is crazy in itself, and then you add the component of playing a team from your own country. It just added so much pressure and anxiety."

They have won every match they've ever played at summer games and only lost one of the 43 sets.  "Walsh Jennings said to press,"It truly feels surreal and it didn't feel like that the first two times for whatever reason. But this, it's almost too good to be true."

The team has made history becoming the first to ever win three Olympic beach volleyball medals of any kind. May-Treanor's plans to retire after these games makes it a very special Olympics for her and the win even more special.

The team which has been together for eleven years has a very special bond. "Getting back together with Misty absolutely changed my life and it changed our relationship forever. It's just deeper and more real, and we've really cherished the journey the past two years. To finish on top the way we did, I love this gold medal and I'm the most proud of it," said Walsh to The Huffington Post.

May-Treanor said she plans to always be a part of the sport, just not competitively. Whether that means coaching or helping her former-partner, Walsh win gold again.

She said to USA Today, "I will never leave her side."

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