What They Were Doing Then: Kerri Walsh Jennings

Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning. It makes you willing to jump through hoops, go through all the ups and downs and everything in between to reach your goal.

Kerri Walsh Jennings is one of the world’s best beach volleyball players, and a three-time Olympic gold medalist alongside her beach volleyball partner Misty May-Treanor. This Stanford alum has been an award-winning athlete for most of her life, leading her team to a string of championships through high school and college. Like this week’s featured Muse, Kerri Walsh Jennings is not only an incredible athlete, she is an active lover of life.

When Jennings was 24, it was 2002 and she was training in Los Angeles. She had just competed two years previously in the Sydney Olympics, though a false positive on a drug test kept her out of part of the competition. Just two years later, she and Treanor took the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics by storm, winning the gold without losing a single set. There, she won her first of three Olympic medals.

In 2008, the team also took home the gold, beating out the top-seeded Chinese team. Most recently, in 2012, they won their third and final gold medal in London.


While Jennings’ phenomenal achievements are proof of the power of dedication, practice and drive, they also highlight the importance of teamwork. By working together, Treanor and Jennings have achieved much more than would be possible alone.

Jennings’ story is a powerful reminder that while success may be fueled by an individual’s ambition, drive and devotion, it is made possible through the partnerships with others.

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