Four years ago Kerri Walsh-Jennings added another Olympic gold to her collection as she and Misty May-Treanor topped the podium at London 2012, having done so at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
Since then May-Treanor has retired and Walsh-Jennings is now playing alongside April Ross, who was on the other side of the net at Horse Guard's Parade in tandem with Jennifer Kessy.
They made their debut as a duo at the 2013 Gstaad Grand Slam and quickly found their best so by the end of 2014 they had won six golds in 13 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournaments.
Last year was frustrating though as Walsh-Jennings struggled with a shoulder injury that eventually needed surgery, but they began 2016 by winning the Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam and then added a further three golds to show that they are reaching their best at just the right time.
“If we come out and show that we are the best then it will take care of itself," Walsh-Jennings said. “Playing in Copa(cabana) is amazing, the energy here, it absolutely elevates players. It will be amazing playing in front of such crazy, passionate fans., something that I think we all relish very much."
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