Misty May-Treanor Profile

  • She is a three-time Olympic champion and one of the top-ranked players in competitive beach volleyball history.

  • Known for her electric dynamic with her long-time teammate, Kerri Walsh Jennings, her insights on teamwork, building trust, and accountability are unrivaled.

  • Her solid character and passion for sports make her one of the country's most beloved and accessible emissaries for fitness and athletics.
  • With 107 career wins, Misty May-Treanor is the #1 ranked player in the history of competitive beach volleyball. Known for her rigorous ethics, values, and hard work, the three-time Olympic gold medalist is one of the most respected role models to come out of any sport.

    No other beach volleyball team has managed to match the seamless dynamic of Misty and her long-time partner Kerri Walsh Jennings. The duo broke onto the international scene with a gold-medal win at the Athens 2004 Olympics. They repeated their winning streak four years later in Beijing, not to mention an extensive collection of title championships, both nationally and worldwide, that they captured in between.

    Misty’s performance and solid character earned her numerous corporate sponsorships and media spotlight, including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, and CSI Miami. A ruptured Achilles tendon may have ended her run on Dancing with the Stars in 2008, but did not stop her from going on to win her third and final gold with Walsh Jennings in the 2012 London Olympics.

    Since her retirement from competitive sports, Misty has been an active emissary of the Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2013 she graduated with a master’s degree in coaching and administration and works as a volleyball coach in southern California and motivational speaker nationwide.

    Passionate about getting America fit, Misty has partnered with healthcare company Abbott to create “Full-Life Hacks,” a video series that aims to get families moving by showcasing silly fun activities they can do at home at low costs such as egg-and-spoon races and living room obstacle courses.

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      Three Time Olympic Gold Medalist

        • Outstanding Role Model
        • Corporate Brand Spokesperson
        • Extensive Media/TV Experience
        • Motivational Speaker/Appearances
        • Philanthropist & Animal Lover

      As one of the most respected major corporate brand spokespersons, Misty enjoys impactful Corporate brand partnerships with leading companies Nike, Wheaties, AT&T, Visa, Arnold/Oroweat/Brownberry Breads, Purina, Gatorade, Stouffers, OPI, Spalding, Teva Respiratory, Topps, Abreva and more.

      Misty has dominated every level of the sport of volleyball, both as an indoor volleyball Champion(two California State Championships at Newport Harbor High School, 1991-1995 and one NCAA Division 1 Championship at Long beach State, 1998) in addition to securing her position as the most decorated athlete in beach volleyball history.

      Looking back, it’s no surprise that this Long Beach, CA native became a professional athlete. Misty grew up playing beach volleyball at the Santa Monica Pier with her parents, 1968 volleyball Olympian, Butch May and Barbara May, a nationally ranked tennis player. In her adult life, Misty is married to Major League Baseball catcher, Matt Treanor.

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    Books by Misty May-Treanor:

    Misty: My Journey Through Volleyball and Life
    The passionate, poignant, and triumphant story of two-time Olympic gold medal–winning beach volleyball icon Misty May-Treanor.

    More than any Olympics in history, the 2008 Beijing Summer Games captured the world’s imagination, and Misty May-Treanor became one of the biggest U.S. stars on the global stage. Now she shares the story of her life and remarkable athletic career.Destined for beach volleyball superstardom, having been raised on famed Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California, Misty talks about the personal and professional challenges she has faced and the life lessons she has learned in the process.

    From growing up with two driven, competitive, accomplished athlete parents and living in a volatile household rocked for years by their alcoholism to the heartbreaking death of her mother from cancer, Misty reveals intimate details never before publicly discussed. She tells behind-the-scenes stories about her eight-year climb to the top of beach volleyball with partners Holly McPeak and Kerri Walsh; her career-threatening injuries; her role on ABC’s hit television show Dancing with the Stars; and of course, her historic two Olympic gold medals and the special rewards they’ve brought.

    Offering an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a cherished celebrity sports icon and an ambassador for women’s athletics, Misty will touch, inspire, and empower readers everywhere.

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