Taylor Crabb Out, Tri Bourne In For Jake Gibb, US Beach Volleyball Team
TOKYO (AP) — American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb is out of the Olympics after four positive COVID-19 tests.
Tri Bourne will take his place as the partner of four-time Olympian Jake Gibb when the competition begins at Tokyo’s Shiokaze Park this weekend.
Crabb confirmed his withdrawal in a statement to The Associated Press in which he noted that he was vaccinated before testing positive upon arrival in Japan.
At 45, alum Jake Gibb will be the oldest Olympic beach volleyball player in history.
He’s been named @USAVolleyball Men’s Beach Player of the Year four times, most recently in 2018 and 2019, and will be making his FOURTH Olympic appearance at the #Tokyo2020 Summer Games! 🏐 pic.twitter.com/NIxnchBk2e
— University of Utah (@UUtah) July 22, 2021
He said he was cautious and followed all protocols but still tested positive.
NBC LA confirms the Men's Beach VB player to test positive in #Tokyo is Taylor Crabb, partner to Utah's Jake Gibb. USA Volleyball says they are working through protocols for an alternate athlete to compete. #TokyoOlympics @kslsports https://t.co/rm7CCxrF1m
— Shara Park (@KSLSharaPark) July 21, 2021
Bourne attempted to make it to Tokyo with Trevor Crabb, Taylor’s brother, but finished third in a race for two spots.