The question of how a woman can lead a family with three children and still have a successful Olympic career was answered by the life of professional volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings, who spends her free time reading all the pseudo-spiritual self-help books she can get her hands on. The volleyball superstar was born into an athletic family where her father was an early underage baseball player and her mother twice won the most valuable player in volleyball at Santa Clara University.
The upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 will mark the end of her career in active beach volleyball. The three-time Olympic gold medalist, who has not yet decided on a partner, is seriously looking to retire with another gold medal after the disappointment of Rio 2016, where she and her partner April Ross won bronze in the end. In the opinion of the legendary volleyball player, her retirement would have come after the Rio Olympics if she had won gold.
The amazing volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings was born as Kerri Lee Walsh on August 15, 1978, in Santa Clara, California. Her parents – Timothy Joseph Walsh (father) and Margery Lee (mother) have other children, namely Kelli Walsh (daughter), Marte Walsh (son), and KC Walsh (daughter).
The young athlete attended Archbishop Mitty High School where she was named Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year in 1996 – the first time the award had ever been given. During her years at Stanford University, which she attended on a volleyball scholarship, the rising star played on the first All-American team for four years in a row.
Kerri Walsh Jennings Net Worth
The net assets of Kerri Walsh Jennings are still under review but have been estimated by some less reliable sources to be a whopping six million dollars. Nonetheless, she has come a long way in her career and has achieved great success, so her fortune is likely to be worthwhile.
The professional volleyball player is married to Casey Jennings, who is also a professional volleyball player and was previously married to Hilary Clark, whom he divorced in 2000. He and Kerri had their first son Joseph Michael on May 22, 2009, Joseph soon became a brother of Sundance Thomas who arrived on May 19, 2010, and their only daughter Scout Margery arrived on April 6, 2013.
It is on record that the couple’s marriage almost broke up after Kerri Walsh Jennings won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing. Casey, who was willing to end his marriage with her, found refuge in alcohol because he believed that his wife’s success was tearing their relationship apart. The cure for their troubled marriage came through a six-month therapy session with a sports psychologist, and today the duo has put the months of cruel therapy behind them and found a wonderful arrangement that works. While Kerri is busy wooing for fame on the volleyball court, her supportive spouse takes care of the home front.
Height And Other Facts About
The 6-foot sunshine, as it is popularly known, stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 71 kg body mass.
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist
Together with her famous partner Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Jennings won Olympic gold at the 2004 (Athens), 2008 (Beijing), and 2012 (London) Summer Olympics, earning her the title of one of the best players in the history of beach volleyball. The duo became the largest beach volleyball team after winning the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2003, 2005, and later in 2007.
Kerri Walsh Jennings appeared as a guest star in a single episode of CSI: Miami with her AVP volleyball colleagues in February 2006. The famous volleyball player hosts a one-hour radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Faction 28 station, which airs weekly, Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.
She has an appearance on the television show Game Network, popularly known as Extreme Dodgeball, and in August 2009, the athlete appeared on the Shaq Vs show with her former partner Misty May-Treanor. The ESPN magazine “Body Issue” from 2013 showed her nude photo before and after birth. She gave the winner of the twelfth season of Hell’s Kitchen a private volleyball lesson on the show, and in the 2015 TV show “Basketball Wives” she appeared with her husband on the show “Celebrity Wife Swap”, where she was swapped with Tami Roman.
The legendary beach volleyball player was actually in the early stages of pregnancy when she won the Olympic gold medal in London, despite warnings that she could lose her sponsors if she tried to start a family before the Olympics.