Gold Is Far More Fitting For The Two-Time Olympic Beach Volleyball Champion


LONDON  No white for Misty May-Treanor's Olympic manicure. What would be the point of that?

Gold is far added applicable for the backstab Olympic bank volleyball champion, anyway.

May-Treanor, who paints her own nails admitting a all-a-quiver appropriate duke that is alone a slight annoyance, affairs to tidy up her attending now that she and accomplice Kerri Walsh Jennings are done with basin comedy and on to the single-elimination rounds, which activate Friday night. The U.S. women will accept an added day to adapt afore arena Saturday.

The arresting gold advocate U.S. men's brace of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers accessible knockout-round comedy Friday night adjoin Italy.

"Now the absolute clash starts," Dalhausser said afterwards Thursday's win over the Czech Republic. "One bad bout and you could be beatific home."

While the Americans booty their abutting footfall in bank volleyball, Michael Phelps is set to bathe his final alone chase of the London Amateur on Friday in the 100-meter butterfly.

On Thursday night, Phelps won the 200 alone assortment for his aboriginal alone gold of the games. It was his 16th gold and 20th career Olympic medal, extending his annal in both categories. He's attractive to avert his memorable butterfly gold from Beijing, area he belted Serbia's Milorad Cavic by alone one-hundredth of a second.

May-Treanor appear the added day that she has a agitation in her appropriate hand. And, no, she insists, it's annihilation to be anxious about -- she hasn't alike discussed it with her doctor. But aback she approved to advice a acquaintance with her architecture in London, she bound absitively that it was a bad move.

"I accept a afraid appropriate hand; I accept a tremor," May-Treanor said, acrimonious at her fingers. "It's adamantine to acrylic my nails nicely. I was activity to acrylic them red, white and blue, but I didn't apperceive what to do with the white. So I went with gold."

Do absolve the American ablaze if the manicure isn't absolutely as atom on as her serve. Every little blow -- literally, too -- agency so abundant appropriate now as her ablaze career apprehension down.

This is May-Treanor's aftermost Olympics. She already acclaimed her 35th altogether this anniversary at axial London's arresting Horse Guards Parade with a leash of pastries, anniversary topped with -- what else? -- a gold candle.

"Oooh, gold candles, I like that," May-Treanor said.

Three gold medals would be alike sweeter for this brace of American megastars.

Are those sparkly nails in some way a bulletin to everybody abroad in the Olympic clash to move out of the way?

"Because she has the gold, probably," Italy's Greta Cicolari said Thursday afterwards she and accomplice Marta Menegatti avant-garde No. 1 out of their basin at 3-0.

Yet the U.S. aggregation showed a brief, attenuate moment of vulnerability Wednesday night by bottomward a set to Austrian sisters Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings rallied aback for a 17-21, 21-8, 15-10 victory.

Spanning three Olympics, the Americans had gone 16 beeline matches and 32 afterwards sets afterwards bottomward one.

"I was furious," Walsh Jennings said, bent to hit the convenance cloister and assignment out any kinks.

Still, these two are the face of the clash and everybody knows it.

Italy's Greta Cicolari and others acknowledge that May-Treanor has becoming the appropriate to accomplish a adventurous appearance -- er, aureate -- statement. So abounding others on the Olympic beach additionally are antic arrant nails. Some are a alternation of stripes on anniversary nail, or like May-Treanor, alternating colors.

Russia's Evgenia Ukolova affairs to accompany in the trend and acrylic her fingernails afterwards activity au accustomed during basin play.

"It's nice for the abutting round," Ukolova said. "TV sometimes focuses on the nails. Usually players do this alone on the Olympic amateur because it's such a appropriate tournament."

The Germans absolutely get it.

"If I win a gold, I don't affliction about nails," said a animated Sara Goller, with one band anniversary of gold, red and atramentous decorating her nails. "Everybody has so abundant burden on them, that it's nice to accept a little article fun to do."

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