Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life

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The Olympic Gold Medal-winning volleyball player discusses growing up with her Olympian father, how alcoholism plagued her home, and her mother's untimely death from cancer, and tells behind-the-scenes stories from her rise to volleyball stardom.

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Misty May-Treanor was born in Los Angeles and grew up playing beach volleyball at the Santa Monica Pier with her father, Butch, a 1968 Olympian, and her mother Barbara. She graduated from Long Beach State, where she was a vital member of the 1998 NCAA Championship team and received the Honda-Broderick Award for the nation’s collegiate female athlete of the year. After a brief stint with the U.S. national indoor team, she went on to revolutionize the sport of beach volleyball, becoming the best women’s player ever. Misty currently splits time between California and Florida with her husband, Majoy League Baseball catcher Matt Treanor.

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The case can be made that Misty May-Treanor is the most accomplished female athlete of her generation: two state volleyball championships in high school, an NCAA championship in college, domination of women's professional beach volleyball, and two Olympic gold medals. She was the child of two world-class athletes and came to embody their competitiveness and discipline. Much of her autobiography reads like Sports Bio 101: descriptions of important competitions, training routines, wins, losses, and rehabbing from injuries. Still, coauthor Steeg, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, keeps the narrative flowing and injects enough humor to maintain interest. When May-Treanor steps away from sports, she recounts difficult episodes in her personal lilfe, such as her father's alcoholism and her mother's 2002 death from cancer. The account of her mother's long illness and the void left by her death is touchingly honest and a reminder that success does not immunize one against life's most painful moments. Certainly of general interest to sports fans and especially valuable and inspirational to young female athletes. --Wes Lukowsky

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