Olympic beach volleyball champion Walsh pregnant

Dec. 05, 2008, 8:06 p.m. (ET)

Two-time Olympic beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh found something to keep her busy after winning her second straight gold medal: She's pregnant.

Walsh and husband Casey Jennings, a fellow pro beach volleyball player, are expecting a child in the spring.

``I'm chubby and I'm pregnant and it's awesome,'' she said Wednesday in an interview with Access Hollywood and radio host Billy Bush. ``I'm used to living my life in a bikini, and I'm definitely not bikini-ready. I think the chubbiness is all relative, but it's for the very best cause in the whole wide world, is what I keep telling myself. And I'm pretty proud of it.''

Walsh and teammate Misty May-Treanor said during the Olympics that they planned to take some time off after the games to start families, a move they delayed so they can compete in Beijing and go for their second straight gold medal. May-Treanor is married to Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor.

``I know she's trying, and that's all I can say,'' Walsh said.

Jennings joined Walsh in Beijing near the end of the Games - just in time to see her and May-Treanor beat China for the gold. Walsh said the baby was conceived in China, after the gold medal match.

``I can't believe how vocal we were about starting a family,'' Walsh said in the interview. ``I have no idea what compelled to be so open about it. But obviously we were very excited.

``I've been such a single-minded person for so long but I have wanted a family. Now that it's a reality almost, I watch 'A Baby Story' every day, and I'm kind of freaking out. I have my good days and my bad days.''

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