A second chance. A lifelong dream.
Jennifer Kessy took advantage of one and made the other come to fruition.
Kessy, a Laguna Beach resident, and teammate April Ross are in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The rising duo is one of two teams representing the U.S. in women's beach volleyball. The other is Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who have won Gold at the last two Summer Games and are going for an unprecedented three-peat.
Kessy said that competing at the Olympics has been a longtime quest.
"To make the 2012 Olympic team is truly a dream come true," she said. "As child I knew I wanted to be an Olympian and finally at 34, I made it happen. Realizing a 25-year-old goal is something special."
Kessy nearly accomplished that goal four years ago, but she and Ross just missed qualifying for the Beijing Games. The pair — an imposing twosome, with Kessy at 6 feet and Ross at 6-1 — has relied on its experience to earn a spot this time around.