Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor will go down in history as the greatest beach volleyball duo of all time. They won every Olympic competition in which they took part, culminating in three straight gold medals.
The duo play off one another perfectly and balance each other out.
May-Treanor is ready to retire and raise a family. However, Walsh Jennings isn’t ready to bow out of the sport just yet, and plans to try for a fourth gold in Rio.
Walsh Jennings herself doesn’t even know what it will be like to play without May-Treanor (via Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post):
I have aspirations beyond today in this sport, and I want to play in Rio in 2016 and win a gold medal there. That being said, I can't imagine it. I can't picture it. I feel a little bit brokenhearted to even think about trying to do any of this without Misty. It doesn't seem possible at this moment right now and that's been building in me today.
Which beach volleyball player can fill the large shoes that May-Treanor will leave?
Here's a look at some of the best possibilities.