Meet Kim Willoughby, an Olympic professional volleyball player. See photos, video and read a biography of Kim below.
Kim Willoughby makes the news today because earlier she pleaded not guilty to first degree charges of assault. She entered the plea in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is currently free on $50,000 bail, and her trial is set for May. If found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison.
The incident in question occurred on December 16, 2006 in front of the Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu in which she was accused of assaulting Sara Daniel during an altercation. Willoughby was indicted by a grand jury in September 2007.
This is not the first time she has had a run-in with the law. In 2001, she was charged with one count of abuse to someone in her household and one count of third degree assault. Both were misdemeanor charges. She completed her sentence of community service and wrote a letter of apology to the victim in the 2001 incident. The charges were then dismissed.
As a biography, Kim Willoughby was born on November 7, 1980, in Houma, Louisiana, so her age is 27. She is 5 feet 11 inches tall.
She spent her childhood in Napoleonville, Louisiana, where she was a student at Assumption High School. While there, she was a member of the volleyball, basketball and track and field teams. While on the volleyball team, they were state champions three years in a row and was the Louisiana Player of the Year during her junior and senior years. She was also named first Team All-American.
Willoughby went on to the University of Hawaii, where she was a three time All-American and was the 2003 National Player of the Year. During her years at the university, she averaged 5.91 kills per game, which garnered her a number three spot in NCAA history.
She turned pro in 2007, playing for Familia Chieri, part of the Italian Serie A League. She was named to the U.S. National Team in April 2008, and appeared in her first Olympics in Beijing, where the women took home a silver medal.
More photos and video of Kim Willoughby are below.