Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes are one of the best teams in the world, currently ranked No. 4 in the Olympic race, with a gold medal in Tepic, silver in Gstaad, and two AVP wins in 2023. They’re also coached by Kelly’s husband, Jordan, which has created, as you might be able to guess, an interesting dynamic, one that is both a dream and also extremely difficult. It’s working, both on the court – they are one of the top teams on the planet – and off – they are still happily married. We chatted all about their lives as a husband-wife, coach-player, as well as:
- Why Jordan is the right man for the job, not just the husband for the job
- How Kelly Cheng has dealt with a constant stream of criticism dating back to her college days at USC
- How Kelly Cheng continues to break the mold of beach volleyball, from an aggressive on-two system to now jump-setting
- Why they have built an “army” of coaches, including Gustavo Rocha and Jake Gibb
And so much more.
Super fun chat with the Cheng Family as they head down to Mexico for this week’s World Championships!
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