updated 08/09/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/09/2012 AT 11:15 AM ET
History was made Wednesday when Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic gold in the women’s beach volleyball finals.
“Winning the first gold medal, we were young, sweet, we did it. Winning back-to-back medals is very difficult. To go for a three-peat – I don’t know if you could write the script the way it turned out. But we believed,” May-Treanor told PEOPLE Wednesday.
May-Treanor, 35, and Walsh Jennings, 33, defeated fellow Team USA athletes Jen Kessy and April Ross in the all-American final.
But even May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings’s opponents couldn’t help but feel elated for the team who helped pioneer women’s beach volleyball.