Synopses & Reviews
The passionate, poignant, and triumphant story of two-time Olympic gold medaland#8211;winning beach volleyball icon Misty May-Treanor.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;More than any Olympics in history, the 2008 Beijing Summer Games captured the worldand#8217;s imagination, and Misty May-Treanor became one of the biggest U.S. stars on the global stage. Now she shares the story of her life and remarkable athletic career.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Destined for beach volleyball superstardom, having been raised on famed Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California, Misty talks about the personal and professional challenges she has faced and the life lessons she has learned in the process. From growing up with two driven, competitive, accomplished athlete parents and living in a volatile household rocked for years by their alcoholism to the heartbreaking death of her mother from cancer, Misty reveals intimate details never before publicly discussed. She tells behind-the-scenes stories about her eight-year climb to the top of beach volleyball with partners Holly McPeak and Kerri Walsh; her career-threatening injuries; her role on ABCand#8217;s hit television show andlt;Iandgt;Dancing with the Starsandlt;/Iandgt;; and of course, her historic two Olympic gold medals and the special rewards theyand#8217;ve brought. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Offering an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a cherished celebrity sports icon and an ambassador for womenand#8217;s athletics, andlt;Iandgt;Misty andlt;/Iandgt;will touch, inspire, and empower readers everywhere.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Misty May-Treanorandlt;/Bandgt; 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 nationand#8217;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 womenand#8217;s player ever. Misty currently splits time between California and Florida with her husband, Majoy League Baseball catcher Matt Treanor.andlt;Bandgt;Jill Lieber Steegandlt;/Bandgt; has been an award-winning senior writer at andlt;i andgt;Sports Illustratedandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;i andgt;USA TODAYandlt;/iandgt;. In her more than three decades in journalism, she has established herself as one of the nationand#8217;s preeminent profile writers and investigative sports reporters. She lives in California with her husband Jim and their beloved golden retreiver Fenway.