SAN JOSE -- Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings plans to add to her family before finding a new partner for the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The three-time beach volleyball gold medalist revealed her plans Monday during a promotional stop at a 24 Hour Fitness in San Jose. She and husband Casey Jennings, also a professional beach player, hope to have their third child in the coming year.

"I'm at a point right now where I can't imagine competing again and going for an Olympics," said Walsh Jennings, an Archbishop Mitty and Stanford graduate. "I feel like I gave my heart and soul to this one so it feels premature to be thinking about a new partner."

It has been a whirlwind month since Walsh Jennings, 34, teamed with longtime partner Misty May-Treanor to win their unprecedented third consecutive gold medal.

May-Treanor, 35, came out of retirement this year to reunite with Walsh Jennings for the London Games. But she retired after the team defeated April Ross and Jen Kessy of Orange County for the gold medal.

"I haven't even seen Misty since London," said Walsh Jennings, who grew up in Saratoga. "We just accomplished something so historical. I really don't want to think about down the road until I celebrate what we just did."

The 6-foot-3 player said she hasn't had time to watch any of her matches in London.


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"It's been a weird kind of fog I have been living in since leaving London," said Walsh Jennings, who has two boys.

The volleyball star said in London she planned to continue through the 2016 Olympics. But Tuesday Walsh Jennings said her comments came because she felt people "just want to get rid of me."

"I hadn't been hit by the train yet -- by the magnitude of what we just did," she said. "Now I have been fully hit in the face and I am a little bit depleted."

Walsh Jennings plans to do more promotions for her sponsors such as 24 Hour Fitness and focus on family before rebooting for another Olympic run. After taking two years off after the Beijing Games she understands the need to have time off.

"It's great for my body and it's great for my mind," Walsh Jennings said. "If you want to be the best at anything, if you want to win gold, you got to give everything."

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