Kerri Walsh Biography and Player Profile

Six Feet of Sunshine

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Kerri Walsh was born on August 15, 1978 in Santa Clara, California. Walsh is a professional beach volleyball player, who is considered to be one of the sport's best. 

Along with teammate Misty May, Walsh won the gold medal for beach volleyball in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. The duo has been referred to as "the greatest beach volleyball team of all time." 

Walsh is nicknamed "Six Feet of Sunshine," due to her tall stature.

 

Facts

Height: 6'3"
Birthdate: 8/15/78
Hometown: San Jose, CA
College: Stanford, Class of 2000
Major: American Studies
Nickname: Six Feet of Sunshine

2009 Partners - Rachel Wacholder, Holly McPeak

Previous Partner: Misty May

Notable Accomplishments:

College:

  • Second player ever to earn First Team All-America honors all four years (1996-1999
  • First player in Pac-10 history to record over 1,500 kills (1,553), 1,200 digs (1,285) and 500 blocks (502)

USAV:

  • Played opposite for the Sydney 2000 indoor Olympic team
  • Placed fourth with Olympic indoor team in 2000

AVP/FIVB:

  • Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist - Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012
  • Two-Time AVP MVP (2003, 2004)
  • Became fourth American woman to surpass $1 Million in winning in 2006
  • Won a record 89 straight matches with Misty May on both AVP and FIVB events in 2003 and 2004
  • Broke their own win streak record with a 112-match streak with Misty May that ended in 2008 when beaten by Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh on the AVP Tour
  • Five-Time AVP Team of the Year Winner with Partner Misty May

Awards:

  • 2011 FIVB Best Blocker and Most Inspirational
  • 2008 FIVB Best Blocker and Sportsperson of the Year, AVP Best Defensive Player, Team of the Year (with Misty May-Treanor)
  • 2007 Named FIVB Sportswoman of the Year and Best Offensive Player with Misty May-Treanor
  • FIVB Best Hitter and Best Blocker, AVP Team of the Year (with Misty May-Treanor)
  • 2006 FIVB Best Blocker, Best Hitter and Sportswoman of the Year, AVP Team of the Year (with Misty May-Treanor)
  • 2005 FIVB Best Blocker, Best Hitter and Sportsperson of the Year, AVP Team of the Year (with Misty May-Treanor)
  • 2004 AVP Most Valuable Player, AVP Team of the Year (with Misty May)
  • 2003 AVP Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player, AVP Team of the Year (with Misty May)

Personal

Walsh is married to another professional beach volleyball player, Casey Jennings. The couple have three children together; two sons and a daughter. 

Kerri Walsh Quote: “The balancing act of motherhood and a career, and being a wife, is something that I don't think I'll ever perfect, but I love the challenge of it.” 

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Oden, Beverly. "Kerri Walsh Biography and Player Profile." ThoughtCo, Mar. 9, 2016, thoughtco.com/kerri-walsh-biography-and-player-profile-3428667. Oden, Beverly. (2016, March 9). Kerri Walsh Biography and Player Profile. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/kerri-walsh-biography-and-player-profile-3428667 Oden, Beverly. "Kerri Walsh Biography and Player Profile." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/kerri-walsh-biography-and-player-profile-3428667 (accessed September 23, 2017).