Dain Blanton

2nd year in RSG!

RSG! School: Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High (C.A.T.C.H.)

Sport: Beach Volleyball

Olympic Games: 2000, 2004

Hometown: Laguna Beach, California

College: Pepperdine University


Dain 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 national championship in volleyball 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 covers 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.