Kerri Walsh Jennings
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|Kerri Walsh Jennings|
Walsh in Hermosa Beach on May 19, 2007
|Full name||Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings|
|Nickname||Six Feet of Sunshine|
August 15, 1978 |
Santa Clara, California
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||71 kg (157 lbs)|
|Beach volleyball information|
Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings (born August 15, 1978) is an American professional beach volleyball player.
Walsh Jennings and teammate Misty May-Treanor were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. They have been called "the greatest beach volleyball team of all time."
Kerri Lee Walsh was born in Santa Clara, California, the daughter of Margery Lee (née Formico) and Timothy Joseph Walsh. Her ancestry includes Italian (from a great-grandfather), Austrian, Irish, Canadian, and Scottish. She grew up in Saratoga, California.
Kerri grew up in Scotts Valley, CA attending school there until the end of middle school. As a high school student, Walsh played indoor volleyball at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. She graduated in 1996. There, she led her team to three state championships in indoor volleyball from 1993 to 1995. She also led her team to one state championship in basketball in 1995. In 1996, she was named by G (ESPNHS) as their first girl's national volleyball player of the year. In high school competition, she played against her future partner, Misty May-Treanor.
Walsh continued on to Stanford University, where she won national titles in 1996 and 1997 and was a four-year first-team All-American, Final Four MVP in 1996 and co-National Player of the Year in 1999. She graduated from Stanford in 2000 with a B.A. in American studies. She played against her teammate (Misty May) in college.
On July 23, 2006, Walsh Jennings topped $1 million in career earnings.
Walsh played in the 2000 Summer Olympics on the U.S. women's indoor team, earning a fourth-place finish. She missed several of her first games due to a false positive on a drug test, which indicated a suspicious epitestosterone to testosterone ratio. After being retested, Walsh was cleared of any wrongdoing and allowed to continue playing.
On August 21, 2008 Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor repeated as Olympic gold medalists, defeating the first-seeded Chinese team in the final match (they would have been first-seeded, but home rule put them in the #2 spot with China as the #1). May-Treanor and Walsh did not lose a set in either of the past two Olympics. Their final match extended their unbeaten streak to 108 matches.
Walsh and May-Treanor competed together for the last time in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. After first and second round wins, they continued their Olympic win streak of 32 consecutive sets without a loss until losing the first set of three to Austria in a preliminary round before ultimately winning the match, 17–21; 21–8; 15–10. They went on to defeat fellow Americans Jen Kessy and April Ross, 21–16, 21–16 on August 8, 2012 to win the gold medal once again.
Walsh Jennings hosts a weekly, one-hour radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Faction 28 station. It airs every Sunday morning at 9 AM Eastern time.
Walsh Jennings appeared in the Game Show Network television show Extreme Dodgeball. She was a member of the Detroit Spoilers, who lost all ten games they played.
She also posed nude both before and after birth for the 2013 ESPN "Body Issue".
In addition to her training on the sand split between Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, California, Walsh has been training in the gym at O.C. Fast-Twitch since 2002 with trainer Tommy Knox.
Walsh is married to fellow American pro beach-volleyball player Casey Jennings. Together, they have two sons and a daughter, Joseph Michael (born May 22, 2009), Sundance Thomas (born May 19, 2010) and Scout Margery (born April 6, 2013). Walsh was five weeks pregnant during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Doctors have confirmed that Jennings did not put herself or the baby in danger when she was competing at the Olympics.
Awards and honors
- AVP Best Offensive Player (1): 2003
- AVP Crocs Cup Champion (3): 2006–2008 (all with Misty May-Treanor)
- AVP Most Valuable Player (2): 2003–2004
- AVP Team of the Year (6): 2003–2008 (all with Misty May-Treanor)
- AVP Best Defensive Player (Blocker) (1): 2008
- FIVB Best Blocker (4): 2005–2008
- FIVB Best Hitter (3): 2005–2007
- FIVB Best Offensive Player (1): 2007
- FIVB Most Outstanding (1): 2007
- FIVB Sportsperson (4): 2005–2008
- FIVB Tour Champion (1): 2002 (Misty May-Treanor)
- Sportswoman of the Year Award (2): 2004 and 2006 (with Misty May-Treanor)
- Ackerman, Jon. "Best of 2000s: Team of the Decade – Misty May/Kerri Walsh". Universal Sports. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
- "Meet Team USA: Women's Beach Volleyball". Harpo Productions, Inc. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
- "Che Palle! - Part 2". Chepalle.gazzetta.it. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
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- "Athletes: Kerri Walsh.". USA Volleyball. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
- "Top U.S. athletes to watch at Beijing Gamesjhdaug". ESPN. August 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
- "Walsh and Tom earn First Team AVCA All-America honors". Stanford.com. December 15, 1999.
- "Top seeded Stanford beats Hawaii". Stanford.com. December 21, 1996.
- "Kerri Walsh named National co-Player of the Year". Stanford.com. December 17, 1999.
- "Ask the experts". QC Volleyball.
- "Volleyball enriches a few as popularity spikes". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. July 9, 2006. p. B2.
- Eule, Brian (July–August 2004). "On to Athens". STANFORD Magazing.
- Associated Press (July 13, 2012). "London 2012: Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor at the last minute changed events to speeding walking. Not favored to win, surprising the two tied for gold.". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- IMDB Filmography
- "Kerri Walsh Jennings: Why We Chose the Name Scout Margery". People. April 9, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- "Beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings: I was pregnant at the Olympics". Today.com. September 24, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
- "Volleyballer Kerri Walsh Jennings pregnant at Olympics". USA Today. September 24, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
- Walsh – Profile, Beach Volleyball Database
- "Sportswoman of the Year Award". Women's Sports Foundation. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kerri Walsh.|
- Kerri Walsh Jennings' official bio at USA Volleyball
- May, Walsh reflect on Olympic Journey
- Golden Girl goes for three-peat in London
- Official website of Kerri Walsh
- O.C. Fast-Twitch Hall of Fame Kerri Walsh
- Kerri Walsh on TIME's 100 Olympic Athletes To Watch.
- "Walsh's Sirius radio show". FACTION. Archived from the original on 2008-01-08.