Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gold medalists quick to fall

by Jason Schock at 2:07 PM

Elaine Youngs hits a shotNicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs were knocked out relatively early at Beijing '08, but they managed to reclaim some respect today by beating the reigning two-time beach volleyball gold medalists in their first post-Olympics tournament.

In what can described as nothing less than a marathon match, Branagh-Youngs were able to triumph over Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in a whopping one hour and 45 minute final, winning 21-19, 10-21, 25-23.

Perhaps it was the post-Olympics fatigue, the talk shows, or Dancing with the Stars. Maybe their minds are on babies and not volleyball. Maybe it was the festering bitterness in Elaine Youngs' uber-competitive heart.

It remains to be seen how the landscape changes now, if it is actually changing at all. In any case, the Misty-Kerri match win streak has ended at 112, their first loss in over a year.

 

1 comments:

KL said...

I don't think the landscape has changed at all or that Kerri and Misty's mind was elsewhere...I'm sure all of the shows they will be on now will bring it up...but all streaks (winning or losing) break sometime. Today was just that day.

Even monkey's fall from the tree sometimes.