May-Treanor vows torn Achilles won't end her volleyball career

Updated: October 7, 2008, 9:01 AM ET
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Misty May-Treanor

May-Treanor

LOS ANGELES -- Olympic gold medal-winner Misty May-Treanor is dropping out of "Dancing with the Stars."

The beach volleyball champ suffered a torn Achilles tendon in her left leg during rehearsals Friday. On Monday night's episode, May-Treanor came onstage using crutches to announce her withdrawal from the top-rated ABC reality program. She says she'll have surgery Tuesday.

May-Treanor is a two-time Olympic gold-medalist, including at the recent Bejing Games. She and partner Kerri Walsh had announced that both planned to reduce their schedules next year to start families.

"I was planning on taking time off next year anyways," May said on the show. "I get to spend time with my husband now. But also, this is ultimately the best time if this was going to happen, because it didn't throw a wrench into any of the plans we had."

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report