Destinee Hooker's unusual name receives a lot of attention, but the 25-year-old U.S. Olympic volleyball standout wants to be known for her play.
She's succeeding. Hooker scored 22 points and the U.S. women's team improved to 3-0 with a three-set preliminary round victory over China.
The top-ranked U.S., led by Hooker, toughed out a 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 win against the third-seeded Chinese in a possible medal round preview.
The Americans may be a team of ... wait for it ... Destinee.
Hooker isn’t surprised that her name is getting a lot of press at the London Olympics; she's been dealing with the remarks since she was a child.
She says it doesn't faze her, though, as she's proud of it.
Destinee’s name was a result of severe complications at birth; she nearly died then, but pulled through, inspiring her dad to call his baby girl “Destinee.”
As for the double E? “Since I was such a blessing, [my father] decided he wanted to spell it uniquely,” she explained to celebrity gossip website TMZ.
“So I am thankful to be here and glad my Dad gave me the name.”
We're thankful as well. The Chinese team? Maybe a little less so.