Posted tagged ‘Chaoyang Park’

Kerri Walsh, Misty May-Treanor Advance to Semifinals

August 17, 2008

The team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor have defeated Ana Paula and Larissa Franca of Brazil 21-18, 21-15 to advance to the semifinals of the 2008 Summer Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From ESPN:

Larissa and Ana Paula were forced together when Larrisa’s regular teammate, Julianna, injured her anterior cruciate ligament and pulled out on the eve of the Olympics. The two had never even practiced together until the morning of their first match.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The pink, blue, yellow and green ponchos that appeared early Sunday morning at a rainy Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground gave Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh’s quarterfinal match a rainbow backdrop.

The match — the American duo’s 67th straight international victory — served to underscore May-Treanor and Walsh’s rare longevity as this sport’s most successful partnership.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Natacha Pisarenko

Credit: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Natacha Pisarenko

The dynamic duo are now just two victories away from another gold medal.

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George Bush and Misty May: The Slap Seen Round the World

August 13, 2008

Oh George, you sly devil. Let’s just hope for your sake that Laura wasn’t around for this one.

While visiting with Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor of the US Women’s Olympic Beach Volleyball team, the President learned about some of the wonderful traditions of beach volleyball.

The Slap Seen Round the World

The Slap Seen Round the World Credit: Larry Downing/Reuters

From the Associated Press:

After slipping into dry clothes, the president headed for the beach volleyball at Chaoyang Park, getting sandy with defending gold medalist Misty May-Treanor on the practice courts during a half-hour stop.

Bush posed for pictures with the U.S. players and staff. May-Treanor and her partner Kerri Walsh took a break in practice so Bush could try out a few bumps himself.

The president needs some work on his passing, mis-hitting a pair off his knuckles. When May-Treanor passed the ball back to him, he acted like he was going to dive after it but decided to stay on his feet.

Then May-Treanor turned her back to the president, offering her bikinied rear for one of the traditional slaps that volleyball players frequently give each other.

“Mr. President, want to?” she asked, repeating an offer she made when Bush gave a pep talk to the U.S. athletes before Friday’s opening ceremonies.

Bush smilingly gave a flick with the back of his hand to the small of her back instead.

And from the Los Angeles Times:

Although it must have been a thrill for Mr. Bush to shake hands with Kobe, Mello, King James and Coach K, it’s difficult to imagine that the president’s trip to Beijing didn’t peak when he received an up-close and personal beach volleyball lesson at Chaoyang Park from defending gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

This photo will probably be the source of jokes for weeks to come. I for one saw this on TV and was a little surprised but got a great laugh out of it. It was nice to have a short lived, light hearted moment when there are so many other serious issues going on in the US and around the world.

I’m also pretty sure that there are a lot of people out there who would have loved the opportunity to get “up close and personal” like this.

Kerri Walsh’s Lost Wedding Ring

August 12, 2008

This must be every beach volleyball players worst nightmare (except for that bathing suit falling off on national television).

During her first round US Olympic volleyball match, Kerri Walsh lost her wedding ring somewhere in the sand.

From the Associated Press:

When American beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh’s wedding ring flew off during her opening match of the Olympics, venue workers combed the sand with metal detectors to find it. Volunteer Song Zhendong dug it up after about 20 minutes.

The ring came off when Walsh went up for a block in Sunday morning’s match against Japan’s Mika Saiki and Chiaki Kusuhara. American broadcasters could see what happened, and they called officials from the international volleyball federation to see if the ring could be recovered.

It might not be the last golden bauble for Walsh, who is married to fellow beach volleyball pro and former NCAA champion Casey Jennings. She and partner Misty May-Treanor won the gold medal at the Athens Games in 2004 and are the favorites to repeat in Beijing.

With 17,000 tons of sand brought into Chaoyang Park to create the beach volleyball venue, Walsh certainly is lucky to have had her ring recovered and returned to her. My question is this: Why would you wear the ring during a match in the first place? Thoughts?