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Jake Gibb

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Biography:

Despite growing up playing golf and basketball, professional beach volleyball player, Jake Gibb, has become one of the best on the AVP tour.  In fact, Gibb did not start playing the sport until he graduated college in 2002 at the age of 21.  Gibb began his AVP career in 2004 playing alongside Stein Metzger. The duo played in 14 AVP events, and ended up leading the tour as they won four, finished second three times and third five times. Gibb then went on to play with other volleyball pros such as Mike Daniel, Ty Loomis, and Adam Jewell, before eventually landing partner Sean Rosenthal in 2006. Together Gibb and Rosenthal accomplished some incredible feats including beating top-ranked Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers in the final AVP event before the Beijing Olympics in 2008.  The two then went on to make their Olympic debut in Beijing making it to the quarterfinals before falling to Brazil’s Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego. Four years later in the 2012 Olympics, the duo finished fifth, however, despite not medaling, they came back to finish first in the world on the FIVB tour. Even with all the success, Gibb and Rosenthal decided to part ways and begin playing with new partners, which is when Gibb got connected with current partner Casey Patterson. Since starting his career as a pro-volleyball player, Jake Gibb has been the recipient of several awards including AVP Most Improved, AVP Most Valuable Player, AVP Team of the Year, and FIVB Top Rookie.

Sports speaker Jake Gibb’s career has not always been smooth sailing though.  The athlete has had to endure hardships, as he is a two-time cancer survivor.  In 2002 he was diagnosed with skin cancer, but overcame by having the malignant melanoma removed from his left shoulder.  Years later cancer struck again, as Gibbs was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2010. After being told he would have to undergo at least three rounds of chemotherapy, Gibb’s hopes of making his second Olympics by 2012 seemed like a distant dream. But the volleyball pro defied the odds and defeated the disease once again, to make a stellar comeback. In addition to being one of Americas best volleyball players, Jake Gibbs is a husband and father of one.