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Beach volleyball - May-Treanor's scatters mother's ashes

Misty May-Treanor of the U.S. hits the ball during their women's round of 16 beach volleyball match against Belgium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 15, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

BEIJING (Reuters) - Misty May-Treanor had one worry when she came through customs on her way to the Beijing Olympics: what if they confiscated her mother’s ashes?

American May-Treanor sprinkled some of her mother Barbara’s ashes on the beach volleyball court in Athens when she and Kerri Walsh won the semi-final and the final and she was determined to do the same in Beijing.

After winning the semi on Tuesday, May-Treanor pulled out a camera film pot and sprinkled some more of the dust on to the sand in the Chaoyang Park stadium.

“My Dad packed it for me and I was like ‘What if they take it in customs as I go in?’ but it was all fine,” May-Treanor said after the match. “We can’t leave her home alone.”