The boisterous sold-out Klagenfurt center court stadium crowd gave much deserving of the numerous standing ovations to USA's legendary Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh after they won the gold medal Saturday to complete a run of seven consecutive victories over a world-class field at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour A1 Women's Grand Slam.
In the gold medal match, USA's fourth-seeded May-Treanor/Walsh created their own dynamo and fed off the encouraging energy of the vocal crowd of over 8,000 that packed the center court stadium in hot and sunny climate to defeat China's second-seeded Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, 21-14, 26-24 in the magnificent and stirring 37-minute championship match, an FIVB press release said.
It was the 11th time in FIVB history that the China and the United States have met for the women's gold medal, and the USA leads 9-2, the same record USA's May-Treanor/Walsh have over China's Xue/Zhang, although the only other gold medal match between USA's May-Treanor/Walsh and China's Xue/Zhang was USA's win in Montreal, Canada in 2007.
The center court meeting between USA's 2008 Olympic gold medalists and China's 2008 Olympic bronze medalists was all that would be expected of this type of match in this type of dramatic setting.
Start the slideshow to see Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh's journey to gold and other exciting moments of the tournament: