And we did it…After many long, close, and tough matches we did it!
WE WON GOLD!!
Game 1 was a must-win battle and we won 23-21. In Game 2, we made a few mistakes which resulted in us losing 17-21. Then came Game 3….there are not many Game 3’s in the Olympics gold medal match but Todd and I found ourselves in a MUST-WIN Game 3 scenario. If there is one time in an athlete’s career to get fired up, it is the gold medal match! Game 3 began and I got in a zone…you know that feeling some people describe where they aren’t really thinking but just doing?
Where everything comes together and you are just in that “ZONE”? well, we found ourselves there and pulled through 21-4 and won a gold medal for ourselves, our team, and our country. It was one of most memorable experiences of my life to see the American flag raised and hear USA’s national anthem on that podium.
There will be nothing better than getting on that plane back to the United States with both the men’s and women’s gold medals in beach volleyball. Congratulations Misty and Kerri! I want to take my hat off to the other USA Olympians. Jake Gibb, Sean Rosenthal, Elaine Youngs, and Nicole Branagh fought a good fight and represented the USA with class and dignity. But before getting on that plane, there will be some definite celebration. We will head over to the basketball arena to cheer for Team USA and watch them win Gold. Check out avp.com for pictures and video!