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Jen Kessy & April Ross: From Olympics to Haiti Charity

Jen Kessy & April Ross: From the Olympics to Haiti Charity

Originally posted 08/13/2012 07:45AM

After winning silver medals at the London Games, beach volleyball players Jen Kessy and April Ross are using their talents for the greater good.

Kessy, 35, and Ross, 30, are teaming up with 4POINT4, who outfitted both women during the Olympics, to teach underprivileged children in Haiti and Thailand their beloved game.

"Having the chance to play sports growing up teaches you all kinds of life lessons. It gives young people confidence and instills in them motivation and drive to be the best one can be. It's absolutely invaluable," Ross says.

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Misty May-Treanor: Three-Peat Gold Is 'Bittersweet'

Misty May-Treanor: Three-Peat Gold Is 'Bittersweet'

Originally posted 08/09/2012 11:15AM

History was made Wednesday when Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic gold in the women's beach volleyball finals.

"Winning the first gold medal, we were young, sweet, we did it. Winning back-to-back medals is very difficult. To go for a three-peat – I don't know if you could write the script the way it turned out. But we believed," May-Treanor told PEOPLE Wednesday.

May-Treanor, 35, and Walsh Jennings, 33, defeated fellow Team USA athletes Jen Kessy and April Ross in the all-American final.

But even May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings's opponents couldn't help but feel elated for the team who helped pioneer women's beach volleyball.

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Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings Pull Off a Three-Peat!

Summer Olympics 2012

Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings Make It Three for Three

Originally posted 08/08/2012 06:00PM

Two-time Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings took on fellow Team USA mates Jen Kessy and April Ross in Wednesday afternoon's All-American beach volleyball match in London – the first time since the 1996 debut of the sport in the Olympics that two teams from the same country have competed for a gold medal.

And did the golden girls make it three for three? They did!

At the end of the match, it was Walsh Jennings, 33, and May-Treanor, 35, who snagged the top honor from their opponents, landing them their third gold medal – the very first to do so in their sport.

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Team USA vs. Team USA! Meet the Women Going for Volleyball Gold

Summer Olympics 2012

Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Jennings Prepare for Third Gold

Originally posted 08/08/2012 11:30AM

It will be an all-American showdown Wednesday when Team USA takes on Team USA in the women's beach volleyball final.

Two-time gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings will play Jen Kessy and April Ross for the gold medal. It's the first time since 1996 – when beach volleyball made its Olympic debut – that two teams from the same country have competed for the gold.

As both teams prep for Wednesday's event, get to know who's who on the beach volleyball court.

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