Kerri Walsh-Jennings

Kerri Walsh-Jennings

United States

3 Olympic Gold Medals. 5 shoulder surgeries. “6 feet of Sunshine” as she is nicknamed. She is Kerri Walsh-Jennings, the most recognizable volleyball player in America. With teammate April Ross, she is attempting to be the first person to win 4 Olympic Gold Medals in this sport, also hoping to pass her former partner, Misty May-Treanor, who garnered 3 Golds as Kerri’s partner (2004, 2008, 2012). As the story goes, she had just defeated Jen Kessy and April Ross in the Olympic Gold Medal game in London, when getting a congratulatory hug from April, she told her “Let’s go get Gold in Rio”. Soon after they began their partnership in 2013, they started picking up medals on the world tour with the main goal of getting to Rio in 2016. 2015 was a very trying year for Walsh-Jennings as she suffered a devastating shoulder injury in Switzerland which would force her to serve underhand for a few tournaments and eventually required surgery forcing an early end to her 2015 campaign. After rehabbing in record time, she returned to the World Tour in 2016 and quickly made a statement with a Gold Medal in her first tournament back, The Rio Grand Slam in March. She and her partner have quickly gained the points lead in the race to garner one of two Olympic spots on Team USA. Her shoulder is fully healed and they are now at a point where they can be considered one of the favorites at this summer’s Olympic Games. For them, it’s Gold or die.

Height: 6′ 3″
Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
Birth Date: August 15, 1978
College: Stanford University
FIVB Titles: 52
Current Partner: April Ross

Project

Most Outstanding Player - 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
Best Blocker - 2005-2008, 2011, 2012, 2014
Best Hitter - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
Olympic Gold Medalist - 2004, 2008, 2012