LONDON – The Olympics are harder now. This is what Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings have come to learn. Their longtime dominance has come at a price. Everyone has gotten better in an attempt to beat them. The simple power of their game isn't enough to get them through.
"We can't rely on our physicality now," May-Treanor said after they beat the Dutch team of Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer 2-0 to reach the Olympic quarterfinals. "Maybe back in the day we could make a play and get by with that. Now there has to be a purpose."
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The other day they lost a set. It was the first time they had lost a set in three Olympic runs. The blemish angered them, not because their record would never be perfect but because it represented a frailty. Something had gone wrong. Nothing had ever gone wrong in their previous two Olympics.
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