Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh has her heart set on bump, set, spiking her way to the gold once again at the 2012 games in London. But first, the two-time Olympic gold medalist is preparing for another baby.
“I’m pregnant again so I’m taking this year off,” Walsh reveals to Universal Sports. Due May 30, she plans to spend her spring enjoying her new family of four, including husband Casey Jennings and their son Joseph Michael, 6 months. “I’ll be taking care of my family and starting to creep back into shape and I’ll be ready for the 2011 season,” Walsh, 31, says.
Kerri’s time off will leave her partner Misty May-Treanor in search of a new sidekick for the first time since the pair began playing together in 2001.
“I’m definitely a little jealous, but I’m really excited for her,” admits Walsh. “I know she’s going to kick butt and it’ll be a great team to root for. And also be motivating because I want my partner back.”
Still, she notes, the switch is only temporary. “My hope and plan is for Misty and I to get back together and be better than ever,” she says. “The goal is to play together and win in 2012, to win an Olympic gold medal.”
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And for those who have their doubts that the new mom will be ready, Walsh’s amazing bounce back after her first baby speaks for itself. Only two months after delivering her son, she was back in a bikini and competing on the AVP Tour.
“Part of the challenge of coming back this year was to make sure that I could do it and I did physically. And once I can wrap my head around it mentally, then I know I’ll be a better player than ever before,” she says.