Kerri Walsh Jennings is the most decorated beach volleyball player in Olympic history, and, with her gold medal run in the 2012 London Olympics, she solidified her place among the greatest volleyball athletes the game has ever seen. And she’s not done yet.
The day after winning gold, Kerri Walsh Jennings said she plans to return for another Olympics, though it appears she’ll have to do so without her longtime partner, the Associated Press reported.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor took home the gold medal by beating fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy Wednesday night. The win ran their Olympic winning streak to 21 games, and the duo finished their career together having never lost a match and only dropping one set.
Before their run no team — men’s or women’s — had ever won so much as two medals. Now that she has three, Kerri Walsh Jennings is looking for more.
She said she plans to return for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
Her quest for a fourth gold medal will have to take place without the 35-year-old May-Treanor, who said she plans to retire. May-Treanor said her body is ready for retirement and that she plans on having more children. Kerri Walsh Jennings agreed that her partner has earned the right to retire.
“I think she’s done. She deserves to be done,” Kerri told Access Hollywood.
Walsh should have plenty of players to choose from. She is teaming up with Nicole Branagh next week for an event in Poland and could also partner with Ross, the Associated Press noted.
Kerri Walsh Jennings has some other pressing matters before she can head to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She wants to have another child, which appears to be a post-Olympic tradition. After the 2008 games in Beijing she gave birth to two boys within a year, the first being conceived while she was still at the Olympics.