Jake Gibb’s bid to become the oldest beach volleyball player to compete in the Olympics may have just been stopped short.
NBC4 News in Los Angeles reported late Tuesday that Taylor Crabb, Gibb’s playing partner, has tested positive for COVID-19. NBC4 reported Crabb tested positive while in Tokyo.
Taylor’s brother, Trevor Crabb, also a professional beach volleyball player who narrowly missed joining his brother in Tokyo, told NBC4 that the situation is “terrible.” He said, according to NBC4, that Taylor is “fine and healthy and should be allowed to play in my personal opinion.”
Gibb, 45, a Bountiful native and BYU graduate, had planned to retire after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro — his third Games — until he partnered with Crabb. They were the first of two American men’s team to qualify for Tokyo. The other USA pair is Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena.
The news comes a day after University of Utah gymnastics commit Kara Eaker, an alternate on the USA Gymnastics squad, became the first American to test positive for the coronavirus disease in Tokyo. USA tennis player tested positive on July 18 while still in the United States.
Eaker’s father, Mark Eaker, appeared on NBC’s Today show Tuesday morning and said she still has no symptoms and feels fine. She will not, however, be able to complete her quarantine in time to compete in Tokyo.
“She’s positive and upbeat and looking forward to getting home and getting off to college,” he said.
This article will be updated.
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