Dain Blanton is an American beach volleyball player who won the 2000 Olympic gold medal for the USA in beach volleyball in Sydney, Australia. He returned to the Games in Athens in 2004, becoming the first U.S. male to compete in two different Olympics in the sport of beach volleyball. In 1997, Dain became the first-ever African-American to win a major beach volleyball title when he won the Hermosa Beach Grand Slam.
He is also one of the only players in the history of volleyball to win a championship at every level of the game (collegiate, professional, Olympics). Dain attended Pepperdine University, where he won the 1992 volleyball national championship and also earned his degree in Public Relations, as well as a teaching credential in Physical Education.
Dain is currently a sports broadcaster who has covered multiple sports for NBC, Fox Sports, ESPN and CBS Sports, among others. He is also an assistant coach for the USC beach volleyball team and a motivational speaker to youths across the country.