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"WE WIN BY WATCHING EACH OTHER'S BACK"

Kerri Walsh, 29, and Misty May-Treanor, 31 Beach Volleyball Players

Real-Life Lessons from Olympic Athletes

Most of us meet up with our workout partner once, maybe twice a week. But beach volleyball duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh can be found doing drills in the sand five days a week. "Kerri and I really push each other," says May-Treanor, the top-ranked player in the world. "We pick each other up when one of us is having a bad day, cheer each other on, and motivate each other." The two also rely on exercise partners, often their husbands, during their own workouts. "I like knowing someone's waiting for me at the gym so I can't say, 'Oh, I'll do it later,'" says May-Treanor. "Having a friend to train with makes me work out harder," adds Walsh. Both say that selecting the perfect partner is key. "Kerri and I have styles that complement each other," says May-Treanor. "We not only want the same things, but we trust each other completely."

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