Summer Olympics U.S. Athletes: Kerri Walsh

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The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games will begin in less than a month, and women's beach volleyball will once again be a featured sport. Per the London Olympics' official website, this event will take place between Saturday, July 28 and Thursday, August 8. A total of 24 women's doubles teams (48 women) from around the world will compete in this event. According to NBC, four women (two duos) will represent the United States in the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

One of these four athletes is Kerri Walsh. She and her partner, Misty May-Treanor, will try to bring home the gold medal for the United States. This article provides information on Walsh that will be of interest to anyone who plans to watch the Olympic women's beach volleyball games. All of the data comes from USA Volleyball unless otherwise noted.

Name: Kerri Walsh

Age: 33

Height: 6 feet, 3 inches

College: Stanford, where she graduated with a B.A. in American Studies.

Birthplace: Santa Clara, Calif.

Resides: Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Parents: Tim and Margie Walsh

Coach: Troy Tanner

Favorite Band: Sade (per Beach Volleyball Database)

Role Models: Andre Agassi and Paul Newman (per Beach Volleyball Database)

Twitter Name: kerrileewalsh

Marriage: She married Casey Jennings, an American beach volleyball player, on Dec. 4, 2005. On her official website, she still goes by the name, Kerri Walsh.

College Career: According to her official website, Kerri Walsh played indoor sixes volleyball while at Stanford, and impressively, earned NCAA First Team All-American honors all four years (1996-1999). Per her personal website, Walsh "was … the first player in PAC-10 history to record 1,500 kills (1,553), 1,200 digs (1,285) and 500 blocks (502)."

Professional Career: Per Beach Volleyball Database, Kerri Walsh began her professional beach volleyball career in 2001. Since that time, she has won 107 doubles tournaments and has collected approximately $2,015,135 in prize money.

Olympics: Kerri Walsh has been a participant in the last three Olympic Summer Games. Per her official website, Walsh played on the U.S. indoor sixes volleyball team that finished fourth in Sydney in 2000. She then switched to playing beach volleyball. She teamed up with Misty May-Treanor for the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and won the gold medal on both occasions. She will once again partner with May-Treanor for the London Olympics in the hopes of winning an unprecedented third gold medal in beach volleyball.

The author played recreational volleyball during his youth and early adulthood, as well as one year of club level volleyball at Roanoke College. He is an avid fan of the Olympic Games.

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