Misty May-Treanor says she's retiring after the Olympics

Misty May-Treanor is aiming to win a third straight gold in beach volleyball alongside Kerri Walsh. (US Presswire)

One of the best volleyball players in the history of the United States has two weeks remaining in her playing career.

May-Treanor said Wednesday afternoon in London that she'll hang up the ... um ... bikini? Yeah, she'll be doing that once these Games end. May-Treanor, who turns 35 on July 30, player is giving it one final go with the London Games, and then the life of competitive spiking and digging is over.

So enjoy it -- and her -- while you still can.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today tweeted the news.

So does that mean her partner on the sand will be making the same decision soon enough too? May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, 33, have become superstars in beach volleyball in the past eight years. Their sport has been an Olympic competition since 1996, but no duo/team has been as popular or successful as they have. Walsh and May-Treanor won gold in '04 and again in '08, becoming the first team to do that in the history of beach volleyball. On the way to winning golds in both Games, Walsh and May-Treanor never lost a set. They're considered the best ever, basically. How many other American teams/athletes can you say that about at this Olympiad? Outside of a swimming pool, you'll be hard-pressed to find one.

The pair have admittedly become as known for their talent and success as for their garb and intensity on the sand. It's hot women playing volleyball -- like that's not bound to create some buzz? In the past decade, it most certainly has, and Walsh/May-Treanor are most responsible for that.

May-Treanor is currently the world record-holder for beach volleyball wins, as she's compiled 110 in international individual competition. I'd be surprised if Walsh doesn't follow suit here with a similar announcement during or by the end of the Games.

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