2012 The Root 100

Destinee Hooker is an indoor volleyball player who won silver with the U.S. women's Olympic team.

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  • Destinee Hooker

  • An indoor volleyball player who won a silver medal with the U.S. women's team at the 2012 Olympics.
  • Job: Indoor volleyball player and Olympian
  • Sector: Sports
  • Location: San Antonio
  • Age: 25
  • Bio: Standing 6 feet 4 inches, the powerful outside hitter is one of indoor volleyball's most intimidating female players. Her father, Ricky Hooker, a 1983 NBA draftee, chose her unique name and spelling after she nearly died at birth. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, and raised in San Antonio, Hooker was 13 when several youth coaches told her that she'd never be an elite volleyball player. She went on to lead the University of Texas to the 2009 NCAA championship game. She was also was a high-jump champion at the University of Texas. Hooker is the only three-time winner -- male or female -- to win the San Antonio Express-News Athlete of the Year award. She also excelled at the long jump, winning four NCAA championships and finishing sixth at the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she won a silver medal with the U.S. women's team. Like her Facebook page.