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Stanford's Walsh earns chance for more Olympic gold

 

Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings gets the chance to play for a fourth Olympic gold medal as she was officially named to the United States Olympic beach volleyball team announced Sunday.

Based on the 2015-16 FIVB World Tour, eight athletes, two teams in each gender, earned the right to join the American team that will help comprise the field of 96 athletes (48 men, 48 women; 24 teams) on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Walsh Jennings and Ross are the only duo comprised of two Olympians. Walsh Jennings, a three-time gold medalist with Misty May-Treanor, and Ross, a 2012 silver medalist with Jennifer Kessy.

In the qualification period, the pair have four gold medals, two silver and two bronze and finished third in the 2016 Olympic rankings.

"The face of this journey is different, considering I have a new partner by my side, but the spirit of it is just as beautiful and humbling and as wonderful as ever," said Walsh Jennings. "Each Olympic cycle has been so unique and so full of the best things in life: love, personal growth, teamwork, friendship, dedication, acceptance, dream chasing, etc. This journey has been no exception and yet it's been full of its own magic. I am proud, I am grateful and we are very happily in it to win it… every single day."

On the year, they have the most earnings after seven events, with $174,000, which is the most award money earned for any team in either gender.

During their partnership, dating to 2013, Ross and Walsh Jennings have 10 gold medals, two silver and two bronze, with a 140-24 match record (85.4 win percentage). Against the current Olympic qualified field, the pair are an impressive 53-14.

Walsh Jennings will appear at the San Francisco AVP Open that begins with a qualification round on Thursday, June 23.

— USA volleyball

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