Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third straight gold medal in beach volleyball on Wednesday night in London, defeating fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in straight sets, 21–16, 21–16.
The two best friends won gold in Athens and Beijing before defending their crown in London — which is scheduled to be the duo’s final Olympic appearance.
“We played the toughest competition in the world and we’ve withstood every challenge to be hanging out on top,” Walsh Jennings told the Today Show, on the morning after their historic victory.
The 35-year-old May-Treanor is married to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Matt Treanor and plans to start a family following her third gold. Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Walsh Jennings already has two sons — born in 2009 and 2010, following the Beijing Games.
The “Turtle” and “Six Feet of Sunshine” dug in to win and are now riding off into the sunset. The sport of women’s beach volleyball will never be the same.