Resides: Durango, Colo.
Current Coach: Liz Masakayan
Olympic History: 1996 women's indoor volleyball (7th); 2004 women's beach volleyball (bronze medal); 2008 women's beach volleyball
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 14, 1970 in Orange, Calif. ... Mother's name is Carolyn Youngs... Has four brothers, Ricky, Roy, Roger, and Ryan... Elaine's nickname is EY... Graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a degree in history... Two-time letterman in UCLA basketball... She was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2006... Graduated in 1988 from El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. ... She was a high school all-American in basketball and volleyball... Hobbies include dogs, hiking and reading... Played at the 1996 Olympic Games in indoor volleyball where the U.S. women finished seventh... Won the bronze medal in beach volleyball with partner Holly McPeak at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens... "My mom is the strongest person I'll ever know. I try every day to be the type of person she is."
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Elaine and partner Nicole Branagh, who were ranked fifth, finished tied for fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games, falling in the quarterfinals (17-21, 13-21) to the fourth-ranked Chinese team of Xue Chen and Zhang Xi, which went on to win the bronze medal. Elaine finished 11th among all hitters at the Games with 74 kills in five matches... Elaine and Nicole clinched the second U.S. women's beach volleyball Olympic spot at the FIVB World Tour Grand Slam event in Moscow on July 5. Going into the event, Elaine and Nicole led compatriots Jen Boss and April Ross by just 80 Olympic qualifying points. Although Elaine and Nicole won the silver medal, it actually secured enough points for the slot with a 21-17, 21-14 semifinal win in 37 minutes over fourth-seeded Brazilians Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro. Elaine and Nicole added another 160 points to their Olympic qualifying total for their best eight finishes on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour since May 2007. The win eliminated compatriots Jen Boss and April Ross from Beijing consideration, although there was one qualifying event left... Elaine and Nicole played in eight FIVB events in 2008 prior to the Olympic Games and won one gold medal (Barcelona), one silver (Moscow) and two bronze (Seoul and Paris). They have won $68,450. 2007 - Elaine and Nicole played in eight tournaments with one second-place finish (Phuket, Thailand) and two thirds (Fortaleza, Brazil; St. Petersburg, Russia)... Won $57,200... Finished season ranked 19th. 2006 - Played in eight tournaments but did not medal...Won $39,400...Finished season ranked 23rd. 2005 - Played in seven tournaments winning two silvers and a bronze medal... Ranked 19th for the season... Received $56,700. 2004 - Earned a bronze medal at the Olympic Games... Claimed two gold medals, one silver medal and three bronze medals in eight tournaments...Finished the season with a 6th place ranking...Won $66,250 in prize money. 2003 - Played in seven tournaments winning one silver medal...Ended the season with an 11th place ranking... Won $44,000. 2002 - Won four gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in eight tournaments... Finished the season with a 7th place ranking...Received $73,508 in prize money. 2001 - Netted a bronze medal at the Goodwill Games and a fourth-place finish at the World Championships... Earned two gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals in 10 events... Ranked 5th for the season... Earned $88,750 in prize money. 2000 - Claimed three gold medals in 11 tournaments... Ranked 8th for the season... Won $59,500 in prize money. 1999 - Won the bronze medal at the World Championships... Earned one silver medal and two bronze medals in seven tournaments... Finished 7th in the season rankings... Claimed $44,000 in prize money. 1998 - Earned one podium appearance in eight tournaments... Finished 14th for the season... Earned $27,025 in prize money. 1997 - Played in four tournaments... Ended the season ranked 20th... Won $16,090.
DOMESTIC HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Prior to the Olympic Games, Nicole and Elaine played in eight AVP tournaments, finishing first once, second three times and third three times. They have won $49,750. 2007 - Played in 15 AVP events, winning four, finishing second in seven and placing third in two. Also had two other top-10 finishes... Won $185,225 and finished season ranked 3rd. 2006 - Played in 15 AVP events, winning two, finishing second five times and finishing third six times. Also had two fifth-place finishes... Won $98,150 and finished season ranked 4th. 2005 - Played in 14 AVP events, finishing first three times, second five times and third six times... Won $119,425 and finished season ranked 3rd. 2004 - Played in 11 AVP events, winning four. Elaine also had four second-place finishes and two third-places... Won $69,407.50 and finished season ranked 2nd. 2003 - Played in nine AVP events, winning one, finishing second seven times and finishing third once... Won $50,812.50 and finished season ranked 3rd. 2002 - Played in seven AVP events, wining five and finishing second twice... Won $63,300 and finished season ranked 1st. 2001 - Played in five AVP events, winning one with two silver medals and two bronze... Won $41,025 and finished season ranked 1st... Also played in one Beach Volleyball America event, which she won for $7,500. 2000 - Played in four Beach Volleyball America events with one first-place finish and one second... Won $17,250 and finished season ranked 18th... Finished second in one AVP event for $13,200... Played two USA Volleyball beach events with two top-10 finishes for $6,125. 1999 - Played four AVP events, winning three for $32,250... Played three USA Volleyball beach events with one win and one third-place finish for $17,625. 1998 - Played in the Star Games, finished sixth and won $8,000. 1997 - Played six matches in the Women's Professional Volleyball Association, winning two and finishing third once for $17,741.25.
PARTNERS: 2008 - Nicole Branagh. 2007 - Nicole Branagh. 2006 - Rachel Wacholder. 2005 - Rachel Wacholder. 2004 - Holly McPeak. 2003 - Holly McPeak. 2002 - Holly McPeak. 2001 - Barbra Fontana. 2000 - Elizabeth Masakayan. 1999 - Elizabeth Masakayan. 1998 - Elizabeth Masakayan... Nancy Reno. 1997 - Elizabeth Masakayan.
HONORS: 2002 - AVP Best Blocker, Best Offensive Player and Most Valuable Player. 1997 - Named WPVA Rookie of the Year.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 1991 - Led the UCLA Bruins indoor women's volleyball team to the 1991 NCAA National Championship... Four-time NCAA All-American.