Video:Profile of Kerri Walshwith Michael Sanchez
Kerri Walsh, along with partner Misty May Treanor, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's beach volleyball. Watch this About.com video to learn more about Kerri Walsh.See Transcript
Transcript:Profile of Kerri Walsh
Today we'll be learning about American professional beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh.
Early Life of Kerri Walsh
Kerri Walsh was born in Santa Clara, California on August 15th,1978. Walsh played indoor volleyball in high school and went on to Stanford University where she won national titles in 1996 and 1997 and was a four-year first-team All-American. Before transitioning to beach play, Walsh was a member of the U.S. National Team for the 1999-2000 seasons as well as the right-side hitter for the 2000 Olympic Team, finishing fourth in Sydney.
Early Successes for Kerri Walsh
In 2001, Walsh teamed up with Misty May Treanor and the two spent the following two seasons competing internationally, winning their first FIVB tour in 2002. In 2003, Walsh and May Treanor went professional and had an undefeated season with eight tournament wins and match victories of 39–0, including a gold medal at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Brazil.
Kerri Walsh at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Walsh and May Treanor, riding a 90-match winning streak, dominated the games, winning all seven matches and earning gold medals in the process. In 2005, Walsh and May-Treanor won a gold medal at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Berlin. Walsh and May-Treanor began another winning streak in June of 2007, racking up 101 matches and 18 tournaments before heading to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejiing, where they repeated their gold medal win from the 2004 Olympics and expanded their winning streak to 112 consecutive wins.
2012 Olympics for Kerri Walsh
Kerri Walsh reunited with Misty May Treanor once again to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where they continued their Olympic winning streak with 32 consecutive wins until losing the first set of three matches to Austria. Despite their broken streak, Walsh and May-Treanor went on to win the gold medal for their third consecutive Olympic games.
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