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Who is... Jake Gibb

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Jake Gibb is making his third Olympic appearance in Rio, his first alongside new partner Casey Patterson. The duo began playing in 2013 and enter the Olympic tournament as the fifth seed. 


Sport Beginnings

Jake Gibb got his start in volleyball as a senior in high school, though admittedly he thought it was a “girl’s sport.” He began playing regularly when he was 21 years old and made his debut on the AVP tour in 2000 alongside Mike Daniel. He began playing with Sean Rosenthal in 2006 and the duo made their first Olympic run at the 2008 Beijing Games, tying fifth. They repeated their performance at the London Games and split shortly after. Gibb began playing with Casey Patterson in 2013. 




Breakout moment

Gibb attributes much of his early success to his wife, Jane. According to Gibb, Jane fully supported Jake’s desire to play professionally. She took on two jobs while Jake played, promising to be ranked among the top 20 in two years time or he would quit the sport. By 2005, Gibb, alongside partner Stein Metzger, were the top-ranked team on the AVP tour. 



Major records/medals

2016 AVP Manhattan beach Open - 1st (Casey Patterson)

2016 AVP San Francisco Open - 1st (Casey Patterson)

2016 AVP Huntington Beach Open -1st (Casey Patterson)

2015 FIVB Olsztyn Grand Slam - 5th (Casey Patterson)

2015 FIVB St. Petersburgh Grand Slam -1st (Casey Patterson)




Awards

2014 FIVB Most Inspirational

2014 AVP Men’s Team of the Year (Casey Patterson)

2014, 2013 AVP Most Valuable Player



Olympic experience

Jake Gibb made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games alongside Sean Rosenthal. The pair placed fifth overall. Gibb and Rosenthal appeared at the 2012 London Games and placed fifth again. He will make his third Olympic appearnce in Rio, his first alongside Jake Gibb. 


Off the sand

 Born and raised in Utah, Jake Gibb is the youngest of 11 siblings. He married his wife, Jane, in 2000. The couple have two children, Crosby and Cora. They currently live in Huntington Beach, California. 



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