Olympian Kerri Walsh is Motivated by Her Children, She Says

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Kerri Walsh at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
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Kerri Walsh at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing

Olympian Kerri Walsh wants to win her third gold medal so badly that she does not wear jewelry of any other color.

The 33-year-old mother of two has already won two beach volleyball gold medals with partner Misty May-Treanor. In fact, the duo, who until 2011 seemed nearly unbeatable together, are the only women's pair to ever win a beach volleyball gold medal at the Olympic Games. Beach volleyball was introduced in 2004, and that year, Walsh and May-Treanor won their first gold. In 2008, they repeated as champions.

It's not enough for Walsh, though, who says she loves to play beach volleyball and loves to win.

"I'm living and breathing (gold)," Walsh told Summer Sanders during an episode of "Countdown to London." "I want it. I want it so bad."

Walsh, admittedly, hates to lose. But this time around, she has a whole new motivation to win gold. She wants to have her third child after the 2012 London Games, and she hopes to have a gold medal for each child, she said.

"My husband says I need a gold medal per child and I want No. 3 after London, so I have to get that gold medal," Walsh told Sanders.

Becoming a mother has changed the way Walsh looks at the world, she said, and she wants to be able to show her children that it takes courage and faith to follow dreams.

Walsh had her first child, Joseph, in May of 2009. Sundance, her second child, was born in may of 2010. While coming back from pregnancy was difficult for Walsh, she never considered quitting, she said.

"It's a scary thing to put yourself out there, because you can fail," Walsh told Sanders. "I'm going to have many ups and downs and I don't want (my children) to fear that."

She added: "I hope after London they know that their mom is a three-time gold medalist and she is one tough cookie."

The beach volleyball tournament is scheduled to take place July 28-Aug. 9 at Horse Guards Palace.

Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46

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