The question of how one woman can manage a family of three kids and still have a successful Olympic career has been answered by the life of pro-female volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings who spends her free time reading all the pseudo-spiritual self-help books she can lay her hands on. The volleyball superstar was born into an athletic family with her dad formerly being a player of minor baseball and her mom winning the most valuable player in volleyball twice at Santa Clara University.
The upcoming Tokyo Olympics of 2020 will mark the end of her career in active beach volleyball. The three-time Olympic gold medalist who is yet to decide on a partner is seriously aiming to retire with another gold after the disappointment of Rio 2016 where she and her partner April Ross ended up with a bronze. According to the legendary volleyball player, her retirement would have come after the Rio Olympics had she won the gold.
Kerri Walsh Jennings Bio, Age
The amazing volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings was born as Kerri Lee Walsh in Santa Clara, California, on the 15th day of August 1978. 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 – this was the first time the award was ever given. During her years at Stanford University which she attended on a volleyball scholarship, the emerging star bagged the First-Team All-American for four years consecutively.
Kerri Walsh Jennings Net Worth
Kerri Walsh Jennings’ net worth is still under review, however, it has been pegged at a tidy six million dollars by some sources that are not so reliable. Nonetheless, she has come a long way in her career and has recorded major success, thus, her fortune is expected to be worth her while.
The professional volleyball player is in a marriage relationship with Casey Jennings who is also a pro-beach-volleyball player previously married to Hilary Clark whom he divorced in 2000. He and Kerri had their first son Joseph Michael on the 22nd day of May 2009, Joseph soon became a brother to Sundance Thomas who came on the 19th of May 2010 and their only daughter Scout Margery made her entrance on 6th April 2013.
It is on record that the couple’s marriage nearly hit the rocks after Kerri Walsh Jennings won the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold. Ready to end his marriage with her, Casey found refuge in alcohol because he believed that his wife’s success was tearing their relationship apart. The remedy to their battered marriage came through a six-month therapy session with a sports psychologist and today, the duo has gone beyond the months of gruesome therapy to a wonderful arrangement that works. While Kerri is busy courting fame on the volleyball court, her supportive spouse takes care of the home front.
Height And Other Facts About Kerri Walsh Jennings
The 6 feet of sunshine as she is popularly called stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 71 kg in body mass.
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist
Along with her famous partner Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Jennings bagged the Olympic gold at the 2004 (Athens), 2008 (Beijing), and 2012 (London) Summer Olympic Games which earned her the title of one of the best players in the history of beach volleyball. The duo was dubbed the greatest beach volleyball team after they wowed many by winning the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2003, 2005, and later in 2007.
Kerri Walsh Jennings made an appearance as a guest star in a single episode of CSI: Miami with her fellow AVP Volleyball players in February 2006. The famed volleyball player comes in as the host of a one-hour radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Faction 28 Station which airs on a weekly basis, precisely Sunday mornings at 9 AM, Eastern time.
She has made an appearance in the Game Network television show popularly known as Extreme Dodgeball and in the month of August 2009, the female athlete alongside her old-time partner Misty May-Treanor appeared on the Shaq Vs show. The 2013 ESPN Magazine “Body Issue” featured her nude picture before and after giving 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 known as Basketball Wives, she appeared with her hubby on Celebrity Wife Swap where she was swapped with Tami Roman.
The legendary beach volleyball player was actually in the early stage of pregnancy when she won the London Olympic gold medal despite the warnings that she may lose her sponsors if she tries to start a family before the Olympics.