Add another record to Kerri Walsh Jennings‘ sand résumé.
The three-time Olympic champion won her 67th career AVP event Sunday, teaming with April Ross to beat Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick 19-21, 21-15, 15-11 in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Open final.
Walsh Jennings, a 35-year-old mother of three, broke a career AVP women’s wins tie with her triple Olympic gold partner, the retired Misty May-Treanor.
“Every single win of my 67 wins have come alongside an amazing partner, a vast, vast majority of those with Misty May-Treanor, who I love and adore and I’m so grateful for her, and then the new round is going to go with April,” Walsh Jennings said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “I feel really good to be in a group of people who have won so much. That’s my job, that’s what I want to do. I’m addicted to it.”
Earlier this season, Walsh Jennings broke the record for career women’s titles on the international FIVB Beach Volleyball tour. She and May-Treanor are the only beach volleyball players to win multiple Olympic titles. She and May-Treanor are also tied with Brazilian men’s legend Emanuel for the most World Championships — three.
The beach volleyball season continues with events in Moscow next week (FIVB Grand Slam) and Milwaukee (AVP) the first week of July.
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Recently replaced U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry and Michigan State interim president John Engler are scheduled witnesses for a Senate subcommittee hearing next Tuesday on reforms following the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes.
The hearing is titled, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” and will stream live at https://www.commerce.senate.gov/ on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
“The hearing will focus on changes made by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and Michigan State University (MSU) to protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse,” according to the subcommittee’s website. “It will examine recent reforms to provide safe environments for athletes and how these reforms are being implemented.”
The subcommittee held hearings April 18 and June 5 with testimonies from gymnasts and other athletes who were abused, former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics Rhonda Faehn. Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny also attended the June 5 hearing but refused to answer questions.
Lyons and Perry were questioned at a House subcommittee hearing May 23.
The USOC last Thursday named Sarah Hirshland its new CEO, replacing Lyons, who had been in the role on an interim basis since Scott Blackmun resigned in February. Blackmun, who had been CEO since January 2010, left citing prostate cancer and the USOC’s need to immediately address the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal.
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Annemiek van Vleuten, the cyclist who returned from a horrific Rio Olympic road race crash to become world champion, repeated as La Course winner with an epic last-kilometer comeback on Tuesday.
Van Vleuten sprinted from several seconds behind countrywoman Anna van der Breggen to win the one-day race, including four categorized climbs, contested on part of the Tour de France stage 10 course later that day.
“With 300 meters to go, I still thought I got second, and then I saw her dying,” Van Vleuten said, adding later, according to Cyclingnews.com, “With 500 meters to go my team director in the car gave up and stopped cheering for me.”
In Rio, van Vleuten suffered three small spine fractures and a concussion when her brakes appeared to lock, and she flipped over into a ditch during the road race. Van Vleuten was alone in the lead at the time with about seven miles to go of the 87-mile course.
She was eventually hospitalized in intensive care.
Van der Breggen went on to win the Olympic title, while van Vleuten returned quick enough to race at the October 2016 World Championships.
Van Vleuten, 35, won her first world title 13 months after the Rio Games, taking the time trial crown ahead of van der Breggen by 12 seconds. She also won the 10-stage Giro Rosa that concluded on Sunday.
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