Misty May-Treanor long ago picked up the nickname Turtle. But nothing the former Newport Harbor High standout did in 2008, whether it was on the beach volleyball court or in the world of entertainment, had anything to do with tucking into one’s shell.
May-Treanor, 31, now generally considered the best women’s beach volleyball player in the history of the sport, added to that legacy with numerous achievements on the sand. And she also increased her red-carpet appeal away from the court, rising among the ranks of the most recognized athletes on the planet.
Her myriad exploits make her the Daily Pilot’s Sports Newsmaker of the Year.
While May-Treanor ended the year with a pop — the sound she heard when rupturing her left Achilles tendon while practicing during a run on the popular network television series “Dancing with the Stars” – she made a bang in Beijing, China, where she teamed with Kerri Walsh to earn the duo’s second straight Olympic gold medal.