A two-time cancer survivor who never played indoor volleyball, Jake Gibb is used to having something to overcome. And despite finishing No. 1 in the world on the Federation Internationale de Volleyball beach tour in 2012, a disappointing fifth-place finish in the London Olympics left the then-36-year-old standout in anything but a celebratory mood.
The Costa Mesa resident, now 37, said he spent his entire off-season contemplating whether to keep competing on the beach, as well as whether he wanted to eventually make a run at an Olympic medal that has eluded him at the last two Summer Games (he also finished fifth in Beijing in 2008, the first of his two appearances with former partner Sean Rosenthal).
A No. 1-seeded team losing in its second match of a tournament might send a shock wave through an event like the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam.
The last two people on the beach who would be affected by it happen to be Jen Kessy and April Ross, who were toppled in pool play Tuesday by Switzerland's Anouk Verge-Depre and Isabelle Forrer.
Kessy and Ross will begin their comeback today and they are just the ones to handle a little misfortune.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings has withdrawn from the FIVB Grand Slam at the World Series of Beach Volleyball because of an abdominal strain, but will still compete in the World Series Cup with new partner Whitney Plavlik.
Walsh Jennings said Sunday that the potential of playing several matches in the Grand Slam wouldn’t be wise with her injury, and that having the extra days off to rest will allow her more time to heal. She is resuming her career after having her third child this spring.
Three time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings today announced her withdrawal from the FIVB Grand Slam at the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball due to an abdominal strain, but will still compete in the World Series Cup with partner Whitney Pavlik beginning Saturday.
“I am very disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in the FIVB Grand Slam,” said Walsh Jennings. “In consultation with my doctor, we felt that the potential of playing several matches in the Grand Slam would not be wise with my injury. Having the extra time off to rest will allow me more time to heal.