Name: Dain Blanton
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-3
Hometown: Laguna Beach, Calif.
High School: Laguna Beach High School
College: Pepperdine, public relations
Olympic Experience
  • 2004, Tied for 19th
  • 2000, gold
Other Career Highlights
  • Won the Olympic gold medal in 2000 with partner Eric Fonoimoana
  • Bronze medalist at the FIVB Beach World Championships in 1997
  • Is an on-air broadcaster for NBC during the Olympic Games
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  • Dain is a strong supporter of the 2028 Olympics being hosted in Los Angeles
  • Played his last professional event in 2010, on the AVP Tour
  • Became the first U.S. male beach volleyball Olympian to play in two Olympic Games
  • In his career, had two FIVB World Tour gold medals and six medals total
  • In domestic play, Blanton tallied eight first-place finishes on the AVP Tour and 36 podium finishes
  • Was the first male African-American to win a major beach volleyball event, the 1997 AVP Hermosa Grand Slam
  • Was an All-American at Pepperdine, and on the 1992 National Championship team as a sophomore
Personal: Broadcaster for NBC Sports, among several other networks...Played basketball and volleyball in high school...Appeared on the ABC show The Bachelor, in the show's third season