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Misty May-Treanor busts out odd dance after winning gold medal

There’s something about winning a gold medal that makes some women want to dance. First it was Serena Williams breaking out her gangster walk after winning the women’s singles title at the London Games, and then it was Misty May-Treanor doing some bizarre jig after winning the gold in beach volleyball on Wednesday.

I couldn’t tell you exactly what the three-time gold medal winner was doing there, but it appears to be some odd version of the running man on sand.

May-Treanor was clearly stoked to win her third gold medal with partner Kerri Walsh Jennings and extend their winning streak to 21 straight matches at the Olympics.

Hey, when you’re winning Olympic gold medals at age 35, there’s nothing wrong with getting crazy with your celebration. She can dance however she wants. Oh yeah, May-Treanor also made good on what she told LBS back in February.

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Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings work with sports psychologist to improve connection

If it feels like Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings have been around forever, it’s because they have. On Wednesday, they lost their first set since before the Athens Olympics in 2004 — and Walsh Jennings had pink eye. They are the defending gold medalists in women’s beach volleyball, having won the tournament at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. To say that the duo has been dominant in the 21st century would be an epic understatement.

However, their dominance has not come without distractions. London is the last time May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings will compete together. They are both married with families, and that can create obvious complications. In fact, Kerri says she feels as tho she is married to two people: her husband and Misty. With any marriage comes hurdles, which is why the two recently sought the help of a sports psychologist.

“I’ve known (Misty) for so long and I’m so close to her but I don’t know everything she’s thinking,” Walsh Jennings said according to NBC Olympics. “And it’s really important to just get on the same page and talk about those little things. Nothing’s too little.”

Even one of the most successful partnerships in Olympic history isn’t immune to the basic complications of life. If a sports psychologist helps Misty and Kerri win their third-straight Olympic gold and leave the volleyball world cemented in history, it’s worth every second they’ve spent in their counseling sessions.

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Misty May-Treanor campaigning to get back on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Misty May-Treanor‘s time on “Dancing with the Stars” was brief. But not because she was voted out. Four years ago, a ruptured Achilles forced the beach volleyball star to withdraw from the competition after just three weeks (at least she lasted longer than Kim Kardashian).

But with the producers of the popular ABC celebrity ballroom dance show putting together an all-star cast of former competitors for the upcoming season this fall, May-Treanor is asking her fans to help her have a chance at redemption.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist used her Facebook page on Monday to lobby fans for their votes to get her back on the ballroom floor. She listed four reasons why she once again wants to vie for the mirror-ball trophy:

1. I would love to finish what I wasn’t able to when I was on the show the last time
2. I wasn’t voted off
3. I would love for my husband to see me dance and compete
4. I want to perform for my fans!

May-Treanor, 34, competed in the show’s seventh season in 2008 after winning her second-consecutive Olympic gold with partner Kerri Walsh in Beijing but had to drop out after rupturing her left Achilles during rehearsal. Model Brooke Burke went on to win the competition that season. Fellow Olympian Maurice Greene placed fifth.

May-Treanor, along with Walsh, is favored to win her third-straight Olympic gold medal in London this summer. But does she have the resume to warrant an appearance on an all-star version of DWTS? She did place in the top five each time she was scored, but her brief stint probably doesn’t help her popularity among the show’s general fans (because, let’s face it, popularity matters more than actual talent).

That ABC structured the ballot in categories (athletes, actors, models, etc.) suggests that only a few people will come from each. It’s also still unclear if the ballot is the sole determinant for who comprises the cast. But if only one or two athletes will be invited to compete, we all know Warren Sapp could use the work more.

Note: This post also appeared on Yardbarker’s Medal Detector.

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Misty May-Treanor talks with LBS about pursuing third straight gold medal

LB spoke with Olympian Misty May-Treanor on Tuesday about her preparation for the upcoming Summer Games in London. May-Treanor and her volleyball partner Kerri Walsh have teamed to win back-to-back gold medals in the Summer Olympics, first at Athens in 2004, and then at Beijing in 2008. I talked with her about her practice routine leading up to the Olympics, how she stays focused during the actual games, and whether she’s contemplating retirement. We also talked about her relationship with husband Matt Treanor, who recently signed with the Dodgers.

Misty spoke with me on behalf of Stouffer’s, and she’s encouraging couples to “Put the Two Back in Tuesdays” by enjoying a Stouffer’s Saute for two. You can go to the Stouffer’s Facebook page to receive weekly coupons for six weeks. Below is our interview.