Kerri (left) with her beach volleyball partner Misty-May Treanor.
Kerri Walsh Jennings has all the character traits of a renaissance woman. She sets goals she wants to achieve then does everything she needs to achieve them, which is what makes her such an amazing athlete and an inspiration for young girls and boys. Her determination to become the best she can be is amazing, a example of that is when she won her third gold medal in 2012 she was 5 weeks pregnant, she wanted that medal. Kerri Walsh Jennings has an admirable trait of persistence. The three-time Olympic gold medalist is going to do what she has her heart set on, even when she dislocated her shoulder in May 2015 she kept playing and she had to dislocate it again and played with one arm for a couple months to finally understand how much she needed to get surgery. There's much more that makes her a great Renaissance woman, her success as an athlete definitely reflects her character traits and shows anyone they can do anything with persistence and positivity.
Kerri Walsh Jennings (right) with former partner Misty May Treanor (left) at the 2012 Olympics.
It's obvious Kerri Walsh Jennings is athletic, she has been since her childhood and has her parents to thank. Her dad played minor league baseball and her mom was a star volleyball player at Stanford University. Kerri Walsh Jennings graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School then followed her mother’s footsteps to Stanford University just to become the second player in history to be First-Team All-American at Stanford, in the four seasons she played. She ended her college volleyball career by playing in the indoor 2000 Olympics where they got fourth place. Kerri then was looking for what the next step in her career would be and decided she was going to try beach volleyball. She ended up loving it and never went back to indoor. Her childhood affected her career greatly and is the reason why she plays volleyball to this day.
Kerri at her first Olympics (indoors) playing for a Stanford University in 2000.
Kerri Walsh Jennings is an amazing volleyball player, you can assume she's won a lot of awards in her lifetime, and consequently has also had a lot of challenges in her career but is determined to keep doing what she loves. Kerri has played in 5 Olympics and has won gold in three of them, she has won three straight FIVB (volleyball world league) world championships with her old partner, Misty May-Treanor (2005, 2007, 2009). FIVB Sportsperson of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012). FIVB Best Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2014). Plus many more, that was just a few of her awards over the years in result, one the hardest decisions she had to make was whether or not get surgery on her dislocated shoulder. Eventually she realized that if she wanted to continue to play she would have to get the surgery. Kerri later called her injury a “blessing” because it brought her and her current beach volleyball partner (April Ross) closer together. "It broke us down, and it was like 'April I need you.' Kerri, I need you." Jennings said in an interview. Through everything Kerri Walsh Jennings held her head high and forged ahead to do what she loves and that is why she's my Renaissance woman. She has and will continue to make a mark in volleyball history.
The video above shows some highlights and main points of a final match in the 2012 Olympics.
The video above is a match from a tournament in London.
That is why Kerri Walsh Jennings is my renaissance woman, she will continue to inspire people everywhere and work hard to achieve her goals. Thank you for letting me tell you why she's a renaissance woman.