Destinee Hooker of United States celebrates winning a point in the Women's Volleyball Preliminary match between the United States and Brazil on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

U.S. Olympic volleyball player Destinee Hooker is not ashamed of her name. The 24-year-old athlete, who is making headlines for her standout athletic ability in the 2012 London Olympic games recently responded to an interview question regarding her name. In a recent interview with TMZ, Hooker thanked her dad for giving her such a special name as she finds it to be a “blessing.” TMZ reports:

U.S. Olympic volleyball badass Destinee Hooker knows people are amused by her name … she knows some people laugh … but she doesn’t care … she believes it’s a “blessing.”

Hooker — who’s CRUSHING it in London right now (indoor team is undefeated!) — tells TMZ, “When it comes to my name, I honestly find nothing wrong with it. I love my name.”

Still, Destinee admits she’s not deaf to the jokes … “I have been dealing with it since I was a child. People can be childish.”

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