Misty May-Treanor

Misty May-Treanor

Nick Name
: The Turtle
:30 Jul,1977
:42 years, 1 months
:Los Angeles, California, United States
: Newport Harbor High School

About Misty May-Treanor

Misty Elizabeth May-Treanor is a American professional beach volleyball player. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and as of August 2012 the most successful female beach volleyball player with 112 individual  championship wins in domestic and international competition.

TV and film appearances:

  • May-Treanor has made numerous minor television appearances, including Dancing with the Stars, episodes of CSI:  
  • Miami, Wizards of Waverly Place, and the Late Show with David Letterman.
  • In 2008, May-Treanor competed in Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 7) with partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. May- 
  • Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon during a training session for the show, and was consequently forced to  withdraw from the competition.
  • Following the 2008 Olympics, May-Treanor appeared in an episode of the Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place. On August 14, 2012 she appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Career Success:

  • Misty May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2004,  2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. Together, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings are considered the greatest beach  volleyball team of all time. May-Treanor retired from competitive play on August 8, 2012 after she and Walsh  
  • Jennings finished first in the 2012 Summer Olympic games; they defeated the United States team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the gold medal match.
  • During her tenure there, she racked up numerous Big West Conference and NCAA awards and honors, including the  Honda-Broderick Cup for 1998–99,and back-to-back Player of the Year awards in 1997 and 1998.

NCAA Championship:

  • As the starting setter in 1998, Misty May-Treanor led the Long Beach State 49ers to a Division I NCAA Women's  
  • Volleyball Championship with a 36–0 record. She shared the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player award after setting a tournament record with 20 service aces.


Sydney 2000:

Hobbled by an abdominal injury in her first Olympics,May-Treanor finished fifth with partner Holly McPeak  in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Athens 2004:

Riding a 90-match win streak, May-Treanor and partner Kerri Walsh continued their winning ways through the 2004  Summer Olympics. In semifinal play, the pair defeated fellow Americans — and May-Treanor's former partner —  

Holly McPeak and partner Elaine Youngs. May-Treanor and Walsh defeated Brazil in the championship match to win the gold medal. The duo did not lose a single set in all seven matches.

Beijing 2008:

On August 21, May-Treanor and Walsh repeated as Olympic gold medalists, defeating the first-seeded Chinese team in two games. They are the only beach volleyball team to repeat as gold medalists. May-Treanor was named the Most Outstanding Player for the women’s competition.

London 2012:

May-Treanor and Walsh competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In the preliminary round, they extended their Olympic winning streak to 32 consecutive sets without a loss with wins over Australia and the Czech  

Republic. The streak came to an end when they lost their first set to the Schwaiger sisters from Austria; May-Treanor and Walsh went on to win the match 17–21, 21–8, 15–10.May-Treanor and Walsh defeated fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in the final to claim the gold medal (21–16, 21–16).

Misty May-Treanor Achievements


Big West Conference:

May's honors in the Big West Conference include:

  • Big West Conference Freshman of the Year 1995
  • All-Big West First Team (4): 1995–1998
  • Big West Player of the Year (3): 1996–1998
  • Big West Player of the Week – 6 times


  • NCAA Division I First Team All-American 1997, 1998
  • American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year 1997, 1998
  • Honda-Broderick Cup 1998–99


Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine.



  • AVP Best Defensive Player (7): 2002–2008
  • AVP Best Offensive Player (11): 1998–2008
  • AVP Crocs Cup Champion (3): 2006–2008 (all with Kerri Walsh)
  • AVP Most Valuable Player (4): 2005–2008
  • AVP Team of the Year (6): 2003–2008 (all with Kerri Walsh)


  • FIVB Best Defensive Player (2): 2007–2008
  • FIVB Best Offensive Player (3): 2005, 2007–2008
  • FIVB Best Setter (1): 2005
  • FIVB Most Outstanding (2): 2005, 2008
  • FIVB Sportsperson (2): 2007, 2008
  • FIVB Tour Champion (1): 2002 (Kerri Walsh)


  • BVA Rookie of the Year 2000


  • Most women's career tournament victories: 112
  • Most women's career earnings: $2,132,733
  • Most women's international career wins: 43
  • 2004 and 2006 – Sportswoman of the Year Award (with Kerri Walsh)