Kerri Walsh returns home from Beijing

September 11, 2008 8:01:16 PM PDT
Kerri Walsh was a rock star at 24 Hour Fitness in San Mateo as kids and adults waited their turns to get autographs, take some pictures, and rub shoulders with the two-time Olympic champion.

"I haven't been able to find the right words to describe how meaningful winning a second gold medal was in Beijing," said Walsh. "It was amazing and affected me a lot deeper this time around."

Kerri said the pressure to repeat as a gold medalist in Beijing was incredible.

"You know I would try to ignore it the whole time and right when we finished, I swear it was like a weight was lifted and I was like, oh my god the pressure was real," said Walsh.

Kerri went to Mitty High in San Jose and Stanford, visiting both this week, as she's serious about being a role model.

"I remember being 10 years old and having my role models. So to go to my high school and see, I had nightmares last night thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, I have to talk to 1,600 students, what if they all heckle me?' But they were so sweet and the look in their eyes, I remember being one of them. So the fact that I can inspire them even a little bit, it's huge," said Walsh.

"How exciting was it to get Kerri's autograph?" asked ABC7's Mike Shumann.
"It's real exciting because I'm a huge fan and I really look up to her a lot," said Carolyn Dorricott from San Mateo.

Now that the Olympics are over, Kerri and her husband, Casey Jennings, who plays on the AVP Men's tour want to start a family.

"I hope so, hope we're blessed to start a family and take a time out from volleyball and then get right back out there to the lifestyle we love," said Walsh.

You can see Kerri in action Friday thru Sunday at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco for the AVP stopover here in the Bay Area.


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