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Olympic Mom Kerri Walsh Brings Home Gold in Beach Volleyball

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Kerri Walsh, Olympic beach volleyball player

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The Career of Olympian Kerri Walsh:

Kerri Walsh won gold medals for beach volleyball in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, with her teammate Misty May-Treanor. Shortly following her second gold, she gave birth to son Joseph in May 2008 and then in May 2009 to her second son, Sundance. Like many athletes, she planned her maternity leaves and pregnancies to coincide with lulls in the pace of top competitions and tournaments.

Previously, Kerri Walsh came in fourth in the 2000 Olympics as part of the indoor volleyball team. She played in the 2008 FIVB World Tour tournament while pregnant, and with partner Nicole Branagh won the event without dropping a set. How many other working moms can say that? It's hard enough to look for a job while pregnant, much less perform a physically demanding one.

The 6'3" graduate of Stanford University was born in 1978 in Santa Clara, Calif., to Tim and Margie Walsh, who was a MVP volleyball player at Santa Clara. Kerri Walsh has an older brother, Marte, and two younger sisters, Kelli and KC. In December 2005, Kerri Walsh married Casey Jennings, a top U.S. men's beach volleyball player.

Kerri and Misty May-Treanor became the first team to win two gold medals for beach volleyball in 2008 in Beijing. In 2004, Kerri started the Chase the Stars Foundation to support programs for children. She was nominated for a Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete in 2009.

In 2012, the pair reunited to compete in the London Olympics, after having played separately and after May-Treanor tore her Achilles' tendon while rehearsing for the ABC program Dancing with the Stars. "I was so grateful for Misty, as I have been for the past 10 years," Kerri Walsh told NBC. She brought her children with her to train for the Olympics. She helped raise money for youth sports and to subsidize travel for mothers of Olympians and Paralympians.

Sources: Team USA.org, NBC

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