2012 Summer Olympics

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh: Nothing Will Stop Pair from 3rd-Straight Gold

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Misty May-Treanor of the United States and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States celebrate during the Women's Beach Volleyball Round of 16 match between United States and Netherlands on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 4, 2012

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are unbeatable in Olympic play, and they will cruise to their third-straight Olympic gold medal.

On Sunday, the pair scored an easy two-set victory over the Netherlands, advancing them to the quarterfinals. The match took less than 30 minutes to complete, as the Olympic veterans outclassed the Dutch squad at each turn.

"That is the Kerri and Misty people come to see," May-Treanor said to the Huffington Post. ""That's what we want to play like. We just keep elevating each time out."

If that level of play continues, the other teams in the tournament better practice their gracious in-defeat smiles, because that's about all the airtime they'll get against May-Treanor and Walsh.

In the pair's three Olympic Games, they have yet to drop a match. Actually, up until their preliminary contest on Wednesday, they hadn't even dropped a set.

That particular record was broken in the final match of pool play, but it turned out to be a great thing for Walsh and May-Treanor.

Now, they're even more focused and motivated.

If that wasn't enough, the upset of the defending Olympic champions, on the men's side, Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser reminded Walsh and May-Treanor that nobody's invincible.

An important lesson for any great champion.

"It hit me, for sure," Walsh said. "I feel for those guys. It got me thinking and it made me reaffirm that I don't want anything to do with that."

They won't have to either. The pair is still the most dominant team on the sand.

Walsh remains the best blocker in the women's game, and her ability to pound the ball at the net in unparalleled. May-Treanor is still up to her old tricks as well. She's a world-class defender, and persists as an effective passer and shot maker.

There are only two matches remaining until the pair reaches the finals.

When they do, expect them to become three-time champions with ease, firmly establishing themselves as the best tandem to ever grace the sand.

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