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Beach Volleyball - 22. March 2008.

Olympian McPeak announces plan to retire

Holly McPeak has announced plans to retire at the end of the season

Lausanne, March 18, 2008 - Holly McPeak recently announced she will call time on her illustrious Beach Volleyball career at the end of the 2008 season.

McPeak, one of five women to have competed in all three Olympic Games since Beach Volleyball was added as a discipline for Atlanta 1996, was a fixture on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour for many years.

The 38-year-old will retire at the end of the 2008 USA national tour to complete her 18th season as a professional.

A highlight of McPeak’s career was the bronze medal she won with Elaine Youngs at the 2004 Athens Games, the first U.S. women to claim a podium finish in the Beach Volleyball Olympic Tournament.

McPeak’s last podium placing on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour was in July 2004 prior to the Olympics when she claimed gold with partner Youngs at the SWATCH FIVB Stavanger ConocoPhillips Open in Norway.

The defence specialist has claimed 72 career victories worldwide, third among American women behind the ultra-successful pairing of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

McPeak, five-time Most Valuable Player and eight-time defensive player of the year in the USA, will play her final season with blocker Angie Akers.

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