Kerri Walsh Jennings has failed to earn her fourth Olympic gold medal in Copacabana Beach, the spiritual home of beach volleyball. Yet, her passion for passing her legacy to others seemed like she wins her fourth gold.
The American legendary beach volleyball player, Kerri Walsh Jennings, 38, lost against Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas on Wednesday and landed on the third place. Amid her loss in an Olympic game, she never blamed anyone except herself.
According to USA Today, she acknowledged the intensity of the Brazilian teams and realized how strong they were beaten. During the early sets, the latter immediately gained 1-0 lead, which later turned 2-0 at the end of the third sets.
After the event, she didn’t announce retirement yet. But her first Olympic defeat could be considered a clear sign she might reach that point. For now, she’s totally encouraged to pursue bigger plans along with her husband, Casey Jennings, who’s also an Olympian and a beach volleyball player.
Yahoo Sports reported that the 38-year-old Jennings planned to expand her impact to other people’s lives. Through using her influence in beach volleyball, she planned to gather deserving youth to be trained in the same sport, she’s passionate about.
“I want to build up my presence in our sport. My husband and I want to have a leadership academy. Volleyball will kind of be the foundation of it, but we want to talk about character and team-building and what it takes to be great in life,” she said.
Aside from putting up this charity, she’s also planning to establish a clothing line, Asics, with her former teammate Misty May-Treanor. That is if she wins gold. However, the recent event [her loss] might affect this plan. But Kerri Walsh Jennings has not confirmed it in the meantime.
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