Kerri Walsh's Pinkeye Won't Derail USA's Gold Medal Hopes

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States competes during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary match between United States and Czech Republic on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Kerri Walsh Jennings' pinkeye will not be enough to ruin her and Misty May-Treanor's gold medal dreams in London. Sometimes they seem like they could each play without an arm or a leg. They're that good.

Walsh doesn't seem concerned. She had this to say in an Associated Press interview (per

"It's super minor," she said. "It just looks worse than it is."

The report then gave a more vivid description of Walsh's condition:

Walsh Jennings' left eye was red and watery as she squinted through it, dabbing it repeatedly with a tissue to wipe away the gunk and teardrops.

It's certainly something to pay attention too. Pinkeye isn't fun (trust me), and Walsh Jennings will certainly feel under the weather, but these two athletes are too dominant to let this get them down. Even the No. 2 team, Brazil, has to play flawlessly to have hopes of knocking off USA's dynamic duo.

Walsh Jennings and Treanor have won gold at the past two Summer Olympics. So far in London they are 2-0. Their 16-match win streak is intimidating by itself. In the volleyball world, they are a force of nature.

According to the report, Walsh Jennings' husband is dealing with the same issue, but worse:

"It looks like his eyeballs got their butts kicked," she said.

If she was that bad, this might ruin any chances of their third Olympic gold. You have to believe that Walsh Jennings knows herself better than anyone else. If she says she's fine she is, and even if she wasn't the American team would still be an incredibly tough out in London.

This changes nothing. Expect Walsh Jennings and Treanor to don a gold medal by summer's end.