• After the U.S. team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh rolled to the women's beach volleyball gold, May left behind something dear to her on the court. Her father, Butch, had brought to Athens a prescription bottle containing some of the ashes of Misty's mother, Barbara, who died two years ago of lung cancer. Before the semifinals Misty (inset) scattered half the bottle on the court; after the final she returned with the rest.
When the Games began, May was still nursing an abdominal strain she suffered in June, but she and Walsh dominated as they had in winning 90 straight matches over the last two years. Said U.S. teammate Elaine Youngs, "They are simply the greatest team ever." --B.C.