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Athletes to Watch: Kerri Walsh Jennings & Brooke Sweat

Walsh Jennings will turn 42 just after the Tokyo Games, which would be her fifth and final Olympics on the beach (and sixth overall). The three-time Olympic gold medalist and mother of three has continued to deal with shoulder injuries since winning bronze with April Ross in Rio.

Walsh Jennings paired with Brooke Sweat in the fall of 2018, and the team got their first international win together at an FIVB tournament in May of 2019. Sweat and Walsh Jennings lost in the first knockout round of the 2019 World Championships, but still have managed to amass points towards Olympic qualification through other events – they are currently the second-ranked American team in the women’s standings behind Klineman and Ross (as of July 15, 2019).

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Athlete Info

  Kerri Walsh Jennings Brooke Sweat
Sport Beach Volleyball Beach Volleyball
Height 6'3" 5'8"
Date of Birth August 15, 1978 March 27, 1986
Hometown Saratoga, CA Fort Myers, FL
Current Residence Manhattan Beach, CA Estero, FL

Kerri is the most decorated and winningest beach volleyball player in the world. During the 2012 Olympics, she was five weeks pregnant when she won her third straight gold medal.

One of Brooke's favorite hobbies is Wheel of Fortune. She grew up watching with her family and to this day watches with her friends in California, where it gets competitive to solve each puzzle.


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