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Misty May-Treanor is a beach volleyball player competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She was also one of the contestants on Season 7 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Paired with professional dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she ruptured her Achilles tendon during dance practice in the fourth week and had to withdraw from the competition.

Arguably the finest player in women's beach volleyball history, Misty May-Treanor seeks a third consecutive Olympic gold medal with partner Kerri Walsh Jennings at the London Games. In 2000, May-Treanor and Holly McPeak finished tied for fifth after losing in the quarterfinals. Dominating during the lead-up to the 2004 Athens Games, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings cruised to a gold medal, the first by an American female tandem at the Olympics. They didn't lose a single set in seven matches. In Beijing, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings became the first beach volleyball team to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, and again they were unbeaten in seven matches (14 sets). May-Treanor plans to retire after the London Games.

Entering 2011, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings hadn't played an international tournament together since the 2008 Olympics because Walsh Jennings was pregnant to start the 2009 and '10 seasons, and May-Treanor sat out the '09 summer with an Achilles injury. But the pair quickly returned to form as one of the best tandems in the world, advancing to the final in its first tournament back. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings lost that match in Brasilia, Brazil, to world No. 1 Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Silva of Brazil, but went on to win three gold and four silver medals on the World Tour, which helped them finish second in the final world rankings. May-Treanor was named the FIVB's Best Defensive Player in 2011, her third such honor. In 2012, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings played six World Tour events leading up to London but won only two medals — a silver in Moscow and a gold in Gstaad, their last appearance before the Games.

May-Treanor rode her Olympic fame to a spot on the TV show "Dancing With the Stars" in the fall of 2008, but her stint was cut short when she ruptured the Achilles tendon on her left leg during a rehearsal. The injury kept her away from volleyball for all but the last AVP tournament of the 2009 season. In that event she teamed with Walsh Jennings, then a new mother, for the USA-Brazil Challenge in Glendale, Arizona. Despite their extended time off, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings beat each of the Brazilian teams, including Larissa and Juliana. That duo responded to defeat May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings in the championship match, but considering May-Treanor was out of shape and hadn't played in nearly a year, the impressive performance convinced her that she would be able to come back from the injury, and that she and Walsh Jennings would get back to the top.

With Walsh Jennings pregnant again to start the 2010 season, May-Treanor partnered with 2008 Olympian Nicole Branagh for 17 tournaments. The new tandem experienced mixed results, but after the season May-Treanor announced that she wanted to take the 2011 season off. So Walsh Jennings planned on playing with Branagh. But in early March, May-Treanor changed her mind and told Walsh Jennings that she wanted to team up again. The duo began training together immediately and set its sights on winning an unprecedented third Olympic gold medal. "If I want to stop playing, I want to stop playing with Kerri," May-Treanor told UniversalSports.com. "I want to do it the right way ... I wanted to come back with the person that — we did everything together."

In 2007, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings became the first team — men's or women's — to win three consecutive world titles ('03, '05, '07) since the FIVB began hosting world championships in 1997. They didn't play in the 2009 Worlds, then advanced to the gold-medal match at the 2011 Worlds, but lost to Larissa and Juliana in three sets, a defeat that was especially tough considering the Americans had a four-point lead in the third game and later served for match point. It was just the second loss ever for May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings at the world championships; the other came in 2001, when the duo finished ninth. "It's very tough to maintain the high level that Kerri and I have been at," May-Treanor says, adding, "We have targets on our backs and they grow yearly. I mean they're getting bigger and bigger. But it's our drive and our passion and we know that we're not getting any younger."

At the AVP Chicago Open in July 2008, May-Treanor became the fastest American ever to 100 career titles, making it in just her 153rd event. She was the first U.S. woman to reach the century mark, and just the fifth player overall at the time; Walsh Jennings has since joined her. Through 2011, May-Treanor's total is at 110, of which 102 have come with Walsh Jennings — 64 in the U.S. and 38 internationally. That first number is the best among American women, but the second number is second-best internationally. Brazil's Larissa and Juliana have 42 career FIVB titles as a team, as they surpassed May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings in 2010. But the Americans own the longest winning streak in the history of the sport — 112 straight matches and 19 consecutive tournaments (domestic and international) between 2007 and '08. The previous best was 90 straight, which May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings set in 2003. The FIVB World Tour champions in 2002, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings were named the AVP's Team of the Year from 2003-08.

May-Treanor was Walsh Jennings' volleyball hero, even though May-Treanor was only one year older and they competed against each other as California prep players. They met when Walsh Jennings was a sophomore. In awe of May-Treanor, Walsh Jennings asked her for an autograph after her team defeated May-Treanor's in the early 1990s. On the beach, May-Treanor first teamed with Walsh Jennings in 2001, after their parents met randomly at a family center during the 2000 Olympics, and the idea of teaming up their daughters was first broached. Walsh Jennings had never played on the beach, but once she committed, it took only a year for the partnership to really take off. The duo finished fifth in the world rankings in '01, then battled to the top of the standings the following year. Although May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings didn't play as often overseas after 2002, they were dominant whenever they did show up on the World Tour. Through 2011, the duo had won 38 of the 70 FIVB events it played.

May-Treanor's athletic success fits with her family's background. She learned how to play volleyball from her father, Robert "Butch" May, who was on the 1968 U.S. volleyball team that placed seventh at the Mexico City Olympics. May-Treanor's late mother, Barbara, played tennis at UCLA, and her cousin, Taylor Dent, was a member of the U.S. Olympic tennis team in 2004. Her athletic background was even aided by her babysitter, three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly (indoor and beach volleyball). Keeping with the theme, Misty married professional baseball player Matt Treanor in 2004.

During her senior year at Long Beach State, May-Treanor led her team to an undefeated season and the NCAA title. She was also voted Collegiate Player of the Year for the second time and was a co-MVP of the NCAA Final Four (with Penn State's Lauren Cacciamani). After graduating in May 1999, she planned on playing professionally in Europe. First, she joined the U.S. national indoor team during the summer and competed at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg. She says she wanted to give indoor a fair chance, but she didn't enjoy it, especially the grueling training and pounding on her body. The Pan Am Games were her breaking point, and she quit upon returning from Canada, taking to the beach later that fall.

May-Treanor has celebrated some major milestones of her life amid tragedy. One week before her graduation from Long Beach State, her mother died from cancer. Four years earlier, her grandmother passed away the day after her high school graduation. To honor the two women, May-Treanor has a tattoo of her mother's initials on her shoulder and her grandmother's initials on her back. After winning gold in Athens and Beijing, May-Treanor sprinkled some of her mother's ashes on the court.

May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings showed up in the homes of millions of Americans in February 2004, when the pair appeared in a Visa commercial that aired during Super Bowl XXXVIII. The 30-second ad shows the two — identified only by their first names — playing in their bikinis on the snow and ice, and shooting fingers to decide who retrieves the ball from the icy water. May-Treanor won. "It was fun because it's something we normally wouldn't do," May-Treanor said.

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How tall is Misty May-Treanor? How old is Misty May-Treanor? Where does Misty May-Treanor live? Find out here.

Age: 39 years old
Birthday: July 30, 1977
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 154 lbs.
Nickname: The Turtle
Full Name / Real Name: Misty E. May
Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA
Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
Current Residence: Long Beach, CA
Husband: Matt Treanor

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