Strive For the Gold
What do you call the person you admire? What makes you see them as a role model? What is the reason you need someone to follow? This one person is your hero. This is the person who inspires you to follow through with your hopes and dreams. They are the ones that look at the greater good before themselves; they see the selfishness around them and choose to be different. Everyone has their own hero and based on what you believe in and aspire to be is how you choose the right person. Misty May-Treanor is my hero, she’s gone through many injuries and hard times, yet she uses her perseverance and determination to get through anything thrown her way. She is so strong, mentally and physically, that nothing can ever tear her down. She is a born athlete and an independent woman that I strive to be like.
Misty May is a three time Olympic gold champion in beach volleyball. She has dominated every level of the sport of volleyball. Both as an indoor volleyball champion with two California State Championships at Newport Harbor High School, 1991-1995 and one NCAA Division 1 Championship at Long beach State, 1998. In addition she has secured her position as the most decorated athlete in beach volleyball history. Misty has played since she was eight years old. She played with her dad, Butch May a 1968 Olympian in her first beach tournament. Her mother, nationally ranked tennis player Barbara May, also started Misty in her volleyball career. She is now 35 and has a very accomplished career that I wish I could replicate someday. Her love for the game is so high and everyone is able to see it when she is out on the court. No matter what she has the mindset that nothing hits the floor. Her favorite quote is “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog” by Archie Griffin (Jennaleigh). This shows how dedicated she is to winning and competing at the highest level. No matter what goes on before the match she leaves it off the...
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