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Kerri Walsh Jennings Biography

Birth Name:
Kerri Lee Walsh
Birth Place:
Santa Clara, California, United States
Volleyball player

Fast Facts

  • Played baseball until the age of 12; was the only girl in the league
  • Asked eventual pro teammate Misty May for her autograph when both played in a high-school tournament
  • Earned First-Team All-America honors four years in a row at Stanford, where she played for two NCAA championship teams
  • Dubbed "Six Feet of Sunshine" for her 6' 3" frame and upbeat disposition
  • Was part of the U
  • S
  • women's indoor volleyball team in 2000, which finished fourth
  • Won the first U
  • S
  • medal (gold) in women's beach volleyball with May at the 2004 Athens Olympics; they repeated as Olympic gold winners in 2008 and 2012
  • Following May's retirement, teamed with April Ross, who Walsh Jennings had defeated for Olympic gold in 2012
  • Underwent her fifth shoulder surgery in 2015
  • Won bronze, with Ross, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio
  • Founder of Chase the Stars foundation, which is designed to boost the health and quality of children's lives


  • Marte Walsh -- Brother
  • Scout Margery Jennings -- Daughter
  • Tim Walsh -- Father
  • Red Walsh -- Grandfather
  • Casey Jennings -- Husband
  • Margie Walsh -- Mother
  • KC Walsh -- Sister
  • Kelli Walsh -- Sister
  • Joseph Michael Jennings -- Son
  • Sundance Thomas Jennings -- Son