President George W. Bush stands with the U.S. Women's Beach Volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor, left, and Kerri Walsh at the Chaoyang Park practice courts Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, before their matches at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. "What an honor," Walsh said.  "he's just a great sports fan and he exudes optimism and pride in his country.  I know he's proud of us."  White House photo by Eric Draper

Kerri Walsh Jennings made headlines during the 2012 Olympics in London after it was revealed that she helped lead the Women’s Beach Volleyball team to a gold medal performance while she was several weeks pregnant with her daughter Scout, now 3.

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Walsh Jennings said that her children had given her new focus and purpose in her volleyball career, saying in a recent interview:

“Before I had more kids, I was like, this feels trivial. I’d been playing for so long, and I was like I need balance. All my eggs are in this one basket and it’s very self-centered and self-focused.

They gave me that perspective and balance I thought I was missing. It took my game and my desire and my passion for life to the next level. I am hugely indebted to my children.”

In today’s world just saying that children can improve your life and give you perspective is becoming a less popular stance. However, Walsh Jennings really struck a cord with some when she said, “I feel like I was born to have babies and play volleyball.”

Of course, that brought out the haters on social media. Here are a couple of examples of some of the comments directed at both Walsh Jennings and NBC:

Even with the internet hate wagon in full force, many people thought that Walsh Jennings’ comments were not only fine, but inspirational.

Legendary Olympic athletes don’t let anything phase them. Despite any controversy, Walsh Jennings and her new partner, April Ross, make quick work of Australia in their first round of Beach Volleyball competition. Hopefully we see them with gold around their necks when its all said and done.

h/t IJR