Interview With Kerri Walsh, Team USA Olympian

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Spirit of Play
A while back, I told you about Kerri Walsh and her partnership with Pampers. The partnership includes baby’s unique spirit of play. Walsh will be competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games for Beach Volleyball. I had the unique experience to interview Kerri a few weeks ago and found her to be friendly, hard working and she also sounds to be an amazing mom. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite questions that I asked her about.

 

 

Where did you get your nickname 6 Feet of Sunshine?

When I first started dating my husband,(my boyfriend at the time), he called me sunshine all the time. It was so sweet and I’m a big, tall California girl. I loved when he called me sunshine, it was so cute. He proposed to me with this ring and engraved in it was “6 Feet of Sunshine.” It’s just something that he gave me, and it’s really sweet and it stuck.

 

What is your daily schedule like?

It depends on if it’s Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday or Saturday. It’s pretty different. To a certain extent it’s like groundhog day. I just have different workouts on different days. Basically we wake up with the boys pretty early, anywhere between 6 and 7:15. We have our morning ritual in the morning. We’re eating Eggo Waffles and cereal and having fun. We take them to school around 8:30. From 8:30-2:30, they are at school. In that time, it’s go time. I’m doing every single workout I can do. I’m doing pilates or I’m on the court training, on the beach doing beach training, cardio. It’s a sprint. After that, we get our boys and it’s family time. The days are very full and very fast, but very efficient and it’s wonderful.

 

Do you ever feel like you’re pulled in a ton of different directions?

I just got back from 2 weeks in China. It was a conscious decision to have my boys stay home. My husband wasn’t going to compete, so he stayed home with them. That to me just crushed me, not being with my babies. I made that decision to become a mom and even though I’m a working mom, I don’t want to be away from my children anymore. It was really hard for me to be away. With that being said, it’s temporary and we have such schedules that we are with our boys so much. We spend such good quality time together and I know it all balances out. You have decisions like that and weeks like that where you are just devastated, but you know you are doing right by your boys and your family. We keep it all in a big picture perspective and it just makes me love my boys even more fiercely when we are together. It all works out, but it’s not always easy, that’s for sure.

 

What’s been your favorite part of competing in the Olympics?

I love everything about competing in the Olympics. I love winning the most. Aside from that, I just love representing my country. I know I come from the greatest country in the history of the world. I’m so proud to be American. I’m so proud to represent everyone I love and respect so much. That’s my favorite part. To accomplish my goal which is to win a gold medal in London will be, knock and wood, and would be the most amazing thing because I get to say thank you to our troops who are keeping us safe. I get to say thank you to my mom and dad for giving me life and making my life so rich and to my babies and my husband. It’s such a wonderful thing being a working mother especially when you throw in something like the Olympics. I just want to knock it out of the park and catch lightening in a bottle and win a gold medal and go from there.

 

What do you think of the Olympic Design that Pampers came out with?
The Team USA diapers and wipes are amazing. My boys go to school. Obviously they are only in Pampers and I’m proud. When their teachers change them at school, they are going to show off their stars and stripes. It sounds so cheesy, but I’m really patriotic and I think these diapers are really cute and sweet. My boys love them! We’ve kind of made a big deal out of them because it really is a special and unique thing. They really are proud of their stars and stripes. They wear them proudly and I’m really proud to be partnered with Pampers. It’s such a team effort, chasing goals and Pampers has been part of my team and part of my family. They’ve really welcomed my family into their family with open arms. It’s really something I’m so grateful for. My gold medal run in London wouldn’t be possible without them. Aside from the amazing diapers and wipes who hopefully every baby out there will be wearing them come Olympics, I’m just really proud and thankful for their support.

 

Thank you to Kerri and Pampers for providing me with this great and unique experience.  I will be watching and cheering Kerri on at the Olympics.  Good Luck Kerri!!

 

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Comments

  1. 7

    She does sound like an amazing Mom! I loved watching her during the Olympics!

  2. 8

    Great interview. Good luck Kerri.
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  3. 9

    Good luck Kerri!! The diapers sound cute!
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  4. 10

    Had no idea you got to meet and visit with Kerri Walsh. What a treat to pick the brain of an elite athlete.

  5. 11

    so excited for the olympics! great interview
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  6. 12
    kelly nicholson says:

    i love womens volleyball…wear a great fitting suit for me!

  7. 13

    Great interview with an amazing athlete and hardworking mom!

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