Film room Friday: Gibb-Crabb win gold

Film Room Friday: Jake Gibb, Taylor Crabb End Season With Gold Medal

For two years, Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb had put together phenomenal runs on the AVP Tour. Twice, they were Team of the Year. Half the AVP tournaments they entered, they won.

Yet the FIVB success was, strangely, amiss.

The world tour is, without question, deeper than the AVP. Winning an FIVB, especially a four-star and above, is a far more difficult task than winning, say, AVP Austin, which Gibb and Crabb did this season.

They had their close calls, mind you. Twice they had taken fourth in major tournaments — Gstaad of 2018, Rome of 2019 — thwarted both times by those pesky Norwegians, Anders Mol and Christian Sorum, who have collected a trove full of medals in their two seasons on tour.

The close calls changed two weeks ago. In Chetumal, Mexico, for the final event of the season, Gibb and Crabb made their first final, and then won their first medal, making it a gold one in trumping Dutch Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.

They made it difficult, of course, as is their style. They dropped their first set, to Argentinians Julian Azaaad and Nico Capogrosso. Then they dropped their second pool play match, to Chileans Marco and Esteban Grimalt. They dropped their first set of elimination play, to Poland’s Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek, before recovering to win. And they dropped the second set of the final before recovering to win the third.

The video above is their semifinal win over Germans Alex Walkenhorst and Sven Winter, as the final has been geo-blocked on YouTube.

It was the perfect end to the season for Gibb and Crabb, who jumped Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena in the Olympic race.