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Tough for Misty May-Treanor to watch Kerri Walsh Jennings in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Misty May-Treanor hasn’t watched either of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross’ first two primetime Olympic matches, but she has a good reason – her 2-year-old daughter Malia.

“Eight o’clock is usually her bed time, so I’m reading to her and putting her down,” May-Treanor said in a phone interview Tuesday morning from her California home.

May-Treanor, who won gold with Walsh Jennings in 2004, 2008 and 2012 and then retired, is not competing at the Olympics for the first time since Atlanta 1996. She is not in Rio as a spectator, either.

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“I have new priorities now,” the 39-year-old said. “I have a full-time job. For me, my career has moved on. We did great things and accomplished great things, and now I’m hopefully taking my accomplishments elsewhere.”

That new role keeps her immersed in volleyball.

Last month, May-Treanor started as director of volleyball operations at Long Beach City College, where she will also be the head coach for the women’s indoor and beach teams.

“It’s my goal to get [my players] to four-year schools, whether that’s D-1, D-2, D-3 or NAIA,” she said.

In 2015, May-Treanor returned to the AVP Tour to play for the first time in nearly three years and has reached the semifinals in all three of her starts. She doesn’t play regularly on tour, but has obliged friends who have called, seeking a partner for the week. She has no designs on returning to international competition.

May-Treanor said one of her knees hasn’t felt right since her last AVP outing in New Orleans in April.

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“I have a meeting with a doctor in a few weeks, I’m a good candidate for knee replacement, I was told,” she said. “If I get my knee healthy, it’s about being able to run around with Malia and my husband. Volleyball is secondary for me.”

Walsh Jennings and Ross are 2-0 so far and next play Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET in their pool-play finale. May-Treanor has a full-day conference on the West Coast on Wednesday.

She and Malia have taken to watching the Olympics together when they’ve had time – daytime beach volleyball, boxing, diving, swimming and weightlifting among the sports.

“It’s weird watching it from this point of view, but I told many people that what makes it fun is being able to watch a wide variety of sports,” she said. “When you’re at the Games, I think people forget we’re so focused on what we’re doing. You don’t have a lot of time to get to other venues.”

Why did Shaun White cut his hair? Carrot Top

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Shaun White said a revelatory chat with Carrot Top led to the Olympic snowboarding champion chopping off his flowing red locks more than seven years ago, according to a report.

“I went to an event in Vegas where I run into Carrot Top,” White wrote, according to a Bleacher Report AMA last Wednesday. “We were talking about our hair and he basically looked at me like you could see into his soul and he basically said he was stuck like this. And at that point it was like seeing the ghost of Christmas future. And at that point I was like omg I can change.”

White documented a meeting with Carrot Top on social media in September 2013, but that was 10 months after the haircut. They must have met in 2012, too.

White, formerly known as the Flying Tomato, posted video of the haircut in December 2012, saying he didn’t tell anybody beforehand. He had grown tired of the nickname.

He donated the hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for needy children.

White is known for charitable efforts for children, including with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. White was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, requiring two major surgeries before his first birthday.

White, a 33-year-old who recently changed his hair color to blond, announced in February that he ended a bid to make the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team for the Tokyo Games.

He is expected to compete for a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he could be the oldest U.S. Olympic halfpipe rider in history.

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Susie O’Neill, Australian great, answers Katie Ledecky by balancing beer while swimming

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Katie Ledecky‘s feat of balancing a glass of chocolate milk while swimming reverberated Down Under, where one of Australia’s Olympic legends attempted to mimic it with a cup of beer.

Susie O’Neill, an eight-time Olympic medalist from 1992-2000 known as Madame Butterfly, accepted a challenge put forth by her fellow radio show hosts. In video shared across Australian media, she took 13 strokes before the beer came off her head, just before reaching a wall.

“It’s actually not as hard as I expected,” O’Neill said in an Instagram Live. “Well, it was pretty hard.”

O’Neill, 47, said backstrokers sometimes train with a water bottle on their foreheads to stay straight. But O’Neill, a freestyler and butterflier, never balanced anything on her head while training.

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