Name: Elaine Youngs
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Height: 6-0
Hometown: El Toro, Calif.
High School: El Toro High School '88
College: UCLA, '93 history
Olympic Experience
  • 1996, seventh (indoor)
  • 2004, bronze
  • 2008, Tied for fifth
Other Career Highlights
  • Won the bronze medal in beach volleyball with partner Holly McPeak at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, finished fifth in 2008 with Nicole Branagh
  • Played at the 1996 Olympic Games in indoor volleyball where the U.S. women finished seventh
  • Led UCLA to a 1991 NCAA Championship in volleyball, was a four-time All-American
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  • Youngs' career spanned internationally from 1997-2009 on the beach, with 12 FIVB World Tour gold medals, 10 silver and 18 bronze
  • Last played a professional beach event in 2010 on the domestic AVP Tour, and internationally in 2009
  • In 2009, earned one silver and one bronze on the FIVB World Tour, both with Nicole Branagh
  • 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
  • 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
  • Earned a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. That year, she claimed two gold medals, one silver medal and three bronze medals in eight tournaments
  • In 2002, won four gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in eight tournaments
  • Netted a bronze medal at the Goodwill Games and a fourth-place finish at the World Championships in 2001
  • Won the bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships
  • Two-time letterman at UCLA in basketball; inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2006
Personal: Has four brothers, Ricky, Roy, Roger, and Ryan...Graduated from UCLA in 1993, degree in history