Misty May-Treanor, the former Newport Harbor High star, and Kerri Walsh are reuniting as a team to make a run at a third straight Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball, according to a report by NBC Sports.
May-Treanor met with Walsh for lunch in Manhattan Beach to let her know that she wanted to play this season, the report said. May-Treanor had said he was taking 2011 off last summer.
"I'm extremely excited to partner with Kerri again, to go out and defend our Olympic gold medal and represent the United States," May-Treanor told NBC. "We feel very strongly that London will be a great Olympic Games."
Olympic qualifying for the 2012 London Games begins this year. The winningest women's duo in history will try to shake off the rust to regain their form.
Walsh has only played sparingly since their last gold-medal performance because she has given birth to two children.
According to the NBC report, Walsh, 32, was planning to team with Nicole Branagh to try to qualify for the London Games if May-Treanor, 33, had stayed away from the game.
But the Golden Girls are reuniting. They have never lost at the Olympics. They've won all 28 sets of their 14 matches at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
May-Treanor and Walsh have 99 tournament victories and have earned more than $3.25 million in winnings, according to the NBC report.
— From staff reports