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Volleyball player and gold medalist Misty May-Treanor held a touching tribute to her late mom during the games in Beijing. After both of her gold medal winning matches, she grabbed a small vial of her mother’s ashes and sprinkled them across the sand of the beach volleyball court. It was her way of sharing the victory with her mom, who passed away in 2002 after a battle with cancer.
May-Treanor's mom was able to cheer on her daughter at the 2000 games in Sydney (she finished fifth, but missed her daughter capture the gold in both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics. At both games, though, May-Treanor was able to make sure her mom was with her—at least in spirit.
Her dad packed some of her mom’s ashes in a camera film pot, and May-Treanor told reporters later that she was worried the ashes might have been confiscated by customs upon her arrival in China. "My Dad packed it for me and I was like 'What if they take it in customs as I go in?' but it was all fine," May-Treanor said after the match. "We can't leave her home alone."
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