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Olympian Jake Gibb comes home for AVP Tour

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Bountiful's Jake Gibb, a two-time Olympic beach volleyball player, is teaming with former BYU star Casey Patterson to play on the first stop of the AVP Tour in Salt Lake City this weekend.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - It's a dream come true for Bountiful's Jake Gibb.

The 2-time Olympic beach volleyball player will team with former BYU star Casey Patterson as the AVP Tour makes its first ever stop in Salt Lake City this weekend at Liberty Park.

"I really didn't think this would ever happen," Gibb said. "That's why I'm promoting this so much, because I want it to come back year after year. I was coming in from Berlin two nights ago, and I was giddy. I was just stoked to come here and play."

It has been a long road home for Gibb, the University of Utah who started playing volleyball in his backyard in Bountiful.

"I just started playing with my buddies," Gibb recalled. "We used a garden hose for lines and a droopy net. We just started wearing out the grass in my backyard. I started getting good, started playing in Utah tournaments, and once I graduated college, I told my wife I wanted to try this professional stuff."

Gibb flourished on the AVP Tour, and played in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, finishing 5th in both Beijing and London. But this past year, Gibb and playing partner Sean Rosenthal split up.

"Rosey dumped me," Gibb said. "You know how it's like in a relationship? It's exactly like that in pro beach volleyball."

So without a playing partner, Gibb did something you wouldn't expect a former Ute to do. He teamed up with a former Cougar, Casey Patterson.

"We both just agree we don't talk about BYU," Gibb said with a smile. "Nothing should be said about that school."

"I just de-claw myself and I make sure he keeps it cool and doesn't get to crazy, doesn't light things on fire," said Patterson. "No, we get along real well."

Outside of the occasional Utah-BYU trash talk, Gibb and Patterson have been a great match. They're already ranked 3rd in the world.

"He's kind of taken the world by storm," said Gibb. "He has a lot of people that love him and a lot of people that hate him because he's really loud and talks a lot of trash."

Patterson's fire and passion for the game has inspired Gibb, 37, to make a run at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

"I wasn't sure after the last Olympics," Gibb said. "But now that I've started playing with Casey, we've already won a gold medal in China this year. Now, I want to make it to Rio."

But first, a well-deserved stop in Salt Lake City.
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