Name: Kerri Walsh Jennings
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-3
DOB: 8/15/1978
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Calif.
Hometown: Saratoga, Calif.
High School: Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, Calif.)
College: Stanford University '01, American Studies
Other Career Highlights
  • MOST NOTABLE
  • 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympic Games, gold; 2016 bronze
  • Became the most decorated beach volleyball Olympian of all-time after winning bronze in 2016; Walsh Jennings has three gold and one bronze in beach volleyball; She is a five-time Olympian
  • Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor won 21 consecutive Olympic matches and only lost one set (to Austria in 2012) during their 11-year run together
  • Walsh Jennings was also on the 2000 U.S. Women’s Indoor National Team that competed at the Olympic Games in Sydney
  • Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor won three straight FIVB world championships in 2005, 2007 and 2009
  • Indoors, Walsh Jennings was the second volleyball player in NCAA history to be a four-time First-Team All-American when she was at Stanford (1996-99)
  • DID YOU KNOW
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  • In 2016 on the FIVB World Tour, Ross and Walsh Jennings medaled nine times, of which five were gold. Finished the 2016 season tying for fifth at the World Tour Finals, losing to the Olympic gold medalists from Germany Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst
  • Won bronze with April Ross at the 2016 Rio Olympics, beating Brazil's Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes, 17-21, 21-17, 15-9
  • In the first FIVB tournament following the 2016 Olympics, won gold with Ross at the Long Beach Grand Slam, their fifth gold of 2016 and 11th as a team
  • With Walsh Jennings, pair had six medals in 2016 Olympic qualification (2015-16) and earned a #3 seed at the Games: Fuzhou Open (3rd, 2015), Long Beach Grand Slam (2nd), Rio Grand Slam (1st), Vitoria Open (2nd), Xiamen Open (3rd), Fuzhou Open (1st, 2016), Cincinnati Open (1st, 2016), Moscow Grand Slam (1st, 2016), Gstaad Major (2nd, 2016)
  • In 2016 on the AVP Tour, won gold three times with Ross
  • Walsh Jennings and April Ross posted their 100th team victory at the 2016 Rio Grand Slam against Germany's Buthe/Borger in the semifinals
  • Following the 2015 Rio Open, underwent surgery on her right shoulder for a torn labrum and capsule, her fifth surgery. In her first event back following surgery, won gold at the Rio Grand Slam on March 13, 2016. It was her 51st career FIVB gold and first gold in 2016 olympic qualification
  • Finished ninth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with April Ross. Pair was eliminated in the round of 16 by China
  • Made her return after a 32-day hiatus, with April Ross at the Beach World Championships in The Netherlands. Even after time off due to injury, the team was seeded third overall. Finished fourth at the Gstaad Major after re-injuring her shoulder in the third round, duo withdrew from the semifinal and bronze medal matches
  • On the 2014 FIVB Tour, Ross and Walsh Jennings won gold medals at the Fuzhou Open in China, the Moscow Grand Slam, the Stavanger Grand Slam in Norway and the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, Calif. The finished the season ranked third by the FIVB.
  • Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross went undefeated on the domestic AVP Tour in 2014. They went 7-0 in tournaments, 36-0 in matches and 70-3 in sets
  • Started playing full time with April Ross at the end of 2013 and the team won two FIVB gold medals
  • Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat April Ross and Jennifer Kessy for the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. After the match, Walsh Jennings asked Ross to become her partner
  • When Walsh Jennings and April Ross won the FIVB Xiamen Grand Slam on Oct. 27, 2013, Walsh Jennings set the all-time record for tournament victories by a women’s beach player with 113. Prior to Xiamen, she had been tied with May-Treanor at 112.
  • Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor won AVP Team of the Year five consecutive years (2003-07)
  • While at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., Walsh Jennings asked May-Treanor for her autograph
Personal: Walsh Jennings is the daughter of Tim and Margie Walsh. Tim played minor league baseball with the Oakland A’s organization and also played semi-pro basketball. Margie was a volleyball MVP at Santa Clara. Walsh Jennings has an older brother, Marte, two younger sisters, Kelli and KC...She is married to U.S. men’s beach volleyball player Casey Jennings. The pair has three children, sons Joseph (2009) and Sundance (2010) and daughter Scout (2013)...Walsh Jennings competed while pregnant with Joseph following the 2008 Olympic Games. She was pregnant with Scout during the 2012 Olympic Games
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THE BIG BLURB
“Misty and Kerri are the biggest names in volleyball, and rightly so with the success they’ve had over three straight Olympics. There are, and should be, lots of young girls, and boys for that matter, who should want to be playing the kind of elite, high performance volleyball that they exude on the court, and have for year after year after year. They’re really good role models.” – Karch Kiraly

THE QUOTE
"Once you win a semifinal, the gold medal match is easy," Walsh Jennings said after the 2016 Olympic bronze medal match. "No disrespect to win the gold medal, it takes everything you have, but you're going to go home with a medal. The bronze medal match is the gnarliest match I've ever played in in my career, because you either go home with a beautiful medal or you get nothing. And for me it just meant so much more, because last night just felt so bad to play like that. Losing happens, but losing that way is just something that is unacceptable to me." – Kerri Walsh Jennings

HONORS
FIVB Sportsperson of the Year
(2012, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)
FIVB Most Outstanding Player of the Year (2014, 2013, 2012, 2007)
FIVB Most Inspirational Player of the Year (2014, 2012, 2011)
FIVB Best Offensive Player (2014, 2007)
FIVB Best Blocker (2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)
FIVB Best Hitter (2016, 2007, 2006, 2005)
FIVB Tour Champion (2002 Misty May-Treanor)

RELATED LINKS

Team USA - U.S. Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball Team includes pair of Olympic medalists, team of newcomers
Sports Illustrated - On the Road: Kerri Walsh Jennings finding new workouts - and nutrition
FIVB - Walsh keeping Olympmic dream alive in Olsztyn
The Augusta Chronicle - Kerri Walsh Jennings adjusts to injury as Rio qualifying looms
ESPNW - 7 ways Kerri Walsh Jennings plans to be back in top form -- fast
ESPNW - Pro tips for protecting your skin while working out in the sun
FIVB VIDEO - Kerri Walsh & April Ross just amazed in this play!
FIVB VIDEO - Kerri Walsh with the amazing chase and win!
FIVB - Player Profile: Kerri Walsh Jennings
Team USA VIDEO - Behind the Scenes Episode 3
Team USA VIDEO - Behind the Scenes Episode 2
May, Walsh Reflect on Olympic Journey
The Golden Girls
Walsh, May-Treanor Three-Peat
2012 Women’s Beach Volleyball Medal Ceremony

Updated Nov. 2016