By: Lauren Kelly
Kerri Walsh Jennings has won 3 gold medals! She is an American professional beach volleyball player, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist.
In Kerri Walsh’s years as a kid she had grown up in Scotts Valley, California. She attended grade school and middle school in her hometown until her family moved to San Jose for her High School years. High School is where Walsh had started playing sports like basketball and volleyball, competitively. As talented as she was for her age, she led her school’s teams to State in 1993, 1994, and 1995. Due to her phenomenal skills and leadership she was given the title “Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year” in 1996.
Kerri was noticed by Stanford University and received a full volleyball scholarship. She amazingly was chosen as first team All-American four years in a row. She was one of only two players in history to win this honor for four years in a row. While attending stanford and playing volleyball her team won 90% of their matches, leaving a record 122-11! Along with the great amount of victories she was selected co-national player of the year in 1999. Kerri Walsh has had many successes within her years and is known to be one of the best all-around players in collegiate volleyball history.
Shortly after stanford Walsh started to play beach volleyball on the US AVP TOUR and internationally on FIVB World Tour. Most of her years were spent being partners with Misty May-Treanor, who once was her opponent while in High School. Walsh and May-Treanor were pushing a 112 winning streak until the AVP shootout in ohio. Even though it was a tough loss they still came out with 19 straight titles.
Kerri Walsh has become an icon for beach volleyball and has put the sport on the map. Hundreds of thousands of young girls watched Kerri win her 3rd gold Medal and see her as a role model.