2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist
2007 AVP Goddess of the Beach
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Elaine or “EY” as she’s known on the sand, has been one of beach volleyball’s top stars for over decade. Her career highlights include an Olympic bronze medal (with then teammate Holly McPeak as the first US women to ever medal in beach volleyball), the Association of Volleyball Professional’s (AVP) Most Valuable Player Award, AVP Best Blocker and AVP Best Offensive Player. She has led the league in serve aces and topped the charts in blocks, kill percentage and hitting percentage. All of this has added up to a remarkable 38 career wins and over $1 million dollars in career earnings.
Born in El Toro, California on Valentine’s Day in 1970, Elaine grew up alongside four brothers who played no small part in helping her develop her exceptional athletic potential through a childhood spent keeping up with and beating the boys. She went on to a decorated career at UCLA, where she excelled not only in volleyball but also in basketball. She was a four-time All-American and in 1991 led her team to a National Championship. In 2006 she was inducted into the prestigious UCLA Hall of Fame.
Before transitioning to the beach game, EY spent three years on the US National Indoor Team and made her Olympic debut in 1996 in Atlanta. Thereafter she played professionally in both Rome and Turkey before switching to the sand game, a move that launched her athletic career. In 1997 she was named Rookie of the Year and has since gone on to one of the most decorated careers of any athlete in the sport – highlighted by her 2004 Olympic medal.
Currently teamed with Nicole Branagh, the duo is in final preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where they hope to step to the top of the Olympic podium this time return with gold.
Elaine Youngs agent is Patrick Quinn of Q Sports Marketing - 630-903-0000 www.qsports.net