Player Profile: Kerri Walsh Jennings

The Hague, Netherlands, March 24, 2015 - Multiple world and Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross will be one of the teams to beat at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015 from June 26 to July 5. In the run-up to this summer's event, Walsh Jennings speaks about what inspires her to keep working on her game.


Name: Kerri Walsh Jennings
Date of birth: August 15, 1978
Hometown: Santa Clara, USA
Height: 1.88m
Position: Blocker
Partner: April Ross
Twitter: @kerrileewalsh


With less than 100 days to go until the start of the World Championships, what does your preparation look like?
Kerri Walsh Jennings: "Ongoing! We are working on improving every aspect of our game both individually and as a team. We have a ton of work to do and we are looking forward to all of it."

What are your objectives for the Netherlands 2015?
Kerri Walsh Jennings: "To win every game we play."

This summer you can become the most decorated player of all time, with four world titles. Do these statistics inspire you?
Kerri Walsh Jennings: "My job in itself inspires me. My goal is to be the best player I can be and to help my team become the best team in the world; this is what fuels me."

You serve as an inspiration for many young beach volleyball players. Who inspired you when you were a junior athlete?
Kerri Walsh Jennings: "Misty May-Treanor."

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor celebrate winning gold at the London Olympics in 2012
Misty May-Treanor (left) and Kerri Walsh Jennings celebrate winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics

What do you look forward to most about the upcoming Beach Volleyball World Championships?

Kerri Walsh Jennings: "The competition and the atmosphere. I know without a doubt that it will be an amazingly well run event, where athlete and fan alike will be thoroughly taken care of. I can't wait! I really appreciate the Dutch people."

Being a mother of three, will you bring your kids to the Netherlands?
Kerri Walsh Jennings: "Our boys have a busy summer planned, so it's unlikely they will come. It makes me sad, but they'll be with their cousins and will be living it up with family. I am very hopeful that our daughter Scout will come, but I just don't know yet."

The World Championships will be played at four unique venues. What is the most special location you have played at?
Kerri Walsh Jennings: "The stadium on Horse Guards Parade during the Olympics in London was absolutely magical!"

London Olympics 2012 beach volleyball venue
The beach volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade during the 2012 London Olympics

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