13 Misty May-Treanor Quotes About Success

by Megan Grant

You don't have to be a huge volleyball fan to recognize the name Misty May-Treanor. The beach volleyball phenom, together with former partner Kerri Walsh Jennings, took home the gold at the Olympic Games three times. Their time together, however, spans even more success stories than that — and these Misty May-Treanor quotes from various interviews over the years further demonstrate that this is an athlete of not just immense physical skill, but of passion and dedication as well.

May-Treanor's first beach volleyball tournament was at the age of 8, and from there, she accumulated several wins throughout high school and college. With Walsh Jennings, she snatched the gold at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Their third gold actually came after defeating a fellow American team.

It wasn't just May-Treanor's athletic abilities that made her a hit. It was also her relationship with her partner. The bond between May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings helped make them unstoppable, and they're still largely considered the best duo in the history of beach volleyball. At one point, they were celebrating an 89-game winning streak — something not many athletes can brag about.

Although she eventually retired from the competitive sport, May-Treanor remains involved in it while making other things a main focus in her life. Read on for some of May-Treanor's most inspiring and motivating words.

1. "It’s passing on the knowledge that I have."

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2. "It’s important to be a role model."

3. "It's time for me to help the next generation."


4. "It's about taking time to enjoy other aspects of life or learn new things. It helps rejuvenate."

5. "I would like to instill in people just to work hard."

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6. " Have a dream and really have the passion for what you’re doing. "

7. " You never can forget where you come from. "

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8. "If you want something bad enough, you just push for it."

9. "I believe that the hard work you put into something pays off."

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10. " Just leave everything on the court and you will be amazed how often the odds fall in your favor."

11. "You gotta live life to the fullest because you’re not guaranteed tomorrow."


12. "You have to enjoy what you’re doing in order to be successful."

13. "Don’t get discouraged; there are going to be ebbs and flows."

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