Follow The Trio Of Beach Olympians In Rio
Long Beach State has one former athlete and two coaches participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Aug. 4, 2016
Long Beach, Calif. - Former Men's Volleyball star David Lee will represent the Beach for the third straight Olympics, hoping to win a second Gold Medal while LBSU coaches LaTanya Sheffield and Tyler Hildebrand will lend their expertise to Team USA in Track and Field and Beach Volleyball in Rio as well.
Action kicks off for the Beach straight away in Rio, as Hildebrand and the pair of Men's Beach Volleyball players he is coaching open on August 6th. Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson will start off pool play against Jefferson and Cherif of Qatar.
David Lee and the Men's Volleyball team will take their first steps towards a potential Gold Medal in Men's Volleyball the next day, starting pool play against Canada. For Lee, the game will mark the third time the former LBSU star has represented Team USA in the Olympics. He also won Gold with the team in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Lee also made waves entering the Olympics for his size, posing with USA Gymnastics star Simone Biles to highlight the two-foot height difference between the 6'8" Lee and the 4'8" Biles.
size difference in olympians doesn't matter, depending on what sport you do 😉 6'8" & 4'8" pic.twitter.com/xiU9zIBXJH
-- Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 2, 2016
Finally, it will be LaTanya Sheffield's charges turn to shine in the second half of the 2016 Olympics, as the Long Beach State track and field sprints assistant coach will be serving in the same role for Team USA, where the nation has a number of favorites to medal and even capture Gold.
Follow along with all three's progress throughout the competition here at longbeachstate.com.
BVB: Gibb/Patterson vs. Jefferson/Cherif (QAT):
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson opened up pool play with a convincing win over Jefferson and Cherif of Qatar, winning 21-16, 21-16 in the first victory of the Games for the pair. They will have Sunday off before Tyler Hildebrand's charges are back in action against Austria's Huber/Seidl.
MVB: USA vs. Canada:
David Lee and the USA Men's Volleyball team got off to a slow start in pool play, falling in three sets against Canada 25-23, 25-17, 25-23. Lee had two kills, an ace and two blocks.
BVB: Gibb/Patterson vs. Huber/Seidl (AUT):
Gibb and Patterson suffered their first loss of pool play, falling 21-18, 21-18 to Huber/Seidl of Austria. The pair is now 1-1 in pool play with their final match of the round robin coming Wednesday.
MVB: USA vs. Italy:
David Lee finished with nine kills and two blocks, but the USA fell against Italy in four sets 28-26, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23.
BVB: Gibb/Patterson vs. Herrera/Gavira (ESP):
Gibb and Patterson fought back from a first set loss to Herrera/Gavira of Spain, but were knocked out of the tournament with a 21-19, 16-21, 15-7 loss in their final match of pool play.
MVB: USA vs. Brazil:
In the third game of pool play, the Americans bounced back against the hosts Brazil, winning 25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20. David Lee had two kills and a block in the win.
TF: Women's 100m Prelims/First Round:
The American women's sprinters got off to a strong start, as all three competitors in the 100m advanced to the semifinals. All three won their first round heats; English Gardner had the top time of three at 11.09 seconds, but Tori Bowie and Tianna Bartoletta also both easily advanced in the first day of Track and Field competition.
MVB: USA vs. France:
The Americans continued to rebound in pool play, winning their second straight match 25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22 over France. Lee had two kills and a block in the win. The USA has one more match in pool play, finishing the round against last-place Mexico on Monday.
TF: Women's 400m First Round:
Another strong start for the American women's sprinters in the 400m. Phyllis Francis had the top overall time in Round 1 at 50.58, and Allyson Felix and Natasha Hastings also both won their heats on the way to qualifying for the semifinals held Sunday.
TF: Women's 100m Semis/Final:
English Gardner and Tori Bowie both qualified for the final in their semifinal heats, and Bowie captured the first medal for the USA women's sprinters in Rio, winning Silver with a time of 10.83.
TF: Women's 400m Semis
All three Americans advanced to Monday's finals of the 400m, with Allyson Felix running the top time of 49.67 seconds in the semifinals while Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis also made the finals with Top 5 times.
MVB: USA vs. Mexico:
Men's Volleyball advanced to the knockout round with a dominant win over Mexico, 25-23, 25-11, 25-19. Lee had one of his best matches of the tournament, finishing with seven kills, two blocks and two aces in the win. The USA moves on the quarterfinals which will be held on Wednesday.
TF: Women's 200m First Round:
Another distance and another strong first-round performance from Team USA, as all three sprinters advanced to the semifinals. Deajah Stevens and Tori Bowie had the second and third best times respectively on Monday, while Jenna Prandini also advanced comfortably.
TF: Women's 400h First Round:
The theme continued for the American women as all three hurdlers advanced to the semifinals. Ashley Spencer and Dalilah Muhammad put up two of the top four times on the day while Sydney McLaughlin also advanced to Wednesday's semifinals.
TF: Women's 400m Final:
Allyson Felix won Silver with a time of 49.51, the second Medal of the Rio Games for the women's sprinters. Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis finished just off of the podium in fourth and fifth place respectively.
TF: Women's 100h First Round:
Americans had the top two times in the first round of the 100m hurdles, as Brianna Rollins put up a 12.54 and Kristi Castlin finished in 12.68. Nia Ali also easily qualified for the semifinals, which will be held Wednesday along with the finals.
TF: Women's 400h Semis:
Dalilah Muhammed had the top time the the 400m hurdles in the semifinals, finishing with a 53.89 time while Ashley Spencer also finished in the top eight to qualify for Thursday's final.
TF: Women's 200m Semis:
Deajah Stevens advanced to the semifinals, as did 100m Silver Medalist Tori Bowie, who had the second-fastest time in the semis at 22.13.
The USA won in straight sets in the quarterfinals to move one step closer to a medal in Rio. Beating Poland 25-23, 25-22, 25-20, David Lee had two kills and two blocks as the Americans have now won four straight matches after dropping their first two.
TF: Women's 800m First Round: Ajee Wilson and Kate Grace advanced to the semifinals in the 800m, which will be held Thursday.
TF: Women's 100h Semis/Final:
All three American hurdlers easily qualified for the finals the the days first heats, putting up three of the top four times on the day. That excellence carried over to the finals, where the trio swept the podium spots. Brianna Rollins won the Gold with a time of 12.48, while Nia Ali took Silver and Kristi Castlin won the Bronze.
TF: Women's 200m Final: Tori Bowie won her second medal of the Rio games, taking Bronze in the 200m with a time of 22.15.
TF: Women's 400h Final:
USA hurdlers picked up two more medals in Thursday's final. Dalilah Muhammad won the Gold with a time of 53.13, while Ashley Spencer ran a personal best to win Bronze.
TF: Women's 4x100m First Round:
It was a wild day for the sprinters in the women's 4x100. Fumbling the baton on an exchange, the USA appeared to be eliminated, but a protest and review showed that the Brazilian team in the neighboring lane bumped Allyson Felix, forcing the bad exchange. The USA was allowed to re-run the race later on in the day, and the Americans posted the top qualifying time in their second attempt, a 41.77 to just edge the Jamaican squad.
TF: Women's 800m Semis:
Kate Grace qualified for the finals with a time of 1:58.79, the third-fastest time in the semifinals.
Heartbreak for the Americans, who came up just short against Italy in the semifinals, falling 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. David Lee had four kills and five blocks, and will have to regroup his team in advance of the Bronze Medal Match which will be held Sunday.
TF: Women's 4x400m First Round:
The USA squad advanced to Saturday's final, posting the top qualifying time by nearly a full second in front of Jamaica, finishing in 3:21.42.
TF: Women's 4x100m Final: The USA women's 4x100 team of Bartoletta, Felix, Gardner and Bowie ran a 41.01 from Lane 1 to capture the Gold Medal in the first relay event for the women in the Rio Olympics.
TF: Women's 4x400 Final:
The USA women finished off a track relay Gold Medal sweep, winning the 4x400 by pulling away from Jamaica in the final leg, run by Allyson Felix.
TF: Women's 800m Final:
Kate Grace finished in eighth place after making the final.
MVB: Bronze Medal Match:
David Lee saved his best match of the tournament for the Bronze Medal match, finishing with nine kills and two blocks as the USA pulled off a thrilling, gritty comeback against Russia after trailing two sets to none. The USA won 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13.
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