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Keba Phipps

Full name: Prikeba Reed "Keba" Phipps
Gender: Female
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: June 30, 1969 in Lakewood, California, United States
Affiliations: Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte (BRA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Volleyball

Biography

Keba Phipps competed at two Olympics in volleyball, but with a 16-year gap between her 1988 Seoul and 2004 Athina Olympics. Phipps was on the US National Team in the late 1980s, playing at the 1987 Pan American Games (bronze medal) and the NORCECA Continental Championships in 1987 (silver) and 1989 (bronze). She then tested positive for marijuana and was suspended from the US team. Phipps went to Italy where she played professional volleyball for 13 years, and refused to return to the US team after her suspension was up, harboring anger at the US team leaders.

In 2002 another US Olympic volleyballer, [Tara Cross-Battle], was playing with Phipps in Italy and convinced her to return to the US team, even though Phipps was by then 33-years-old. The return was successful, even if she failed to win an Olympic medal in 2004, with the team placing fifth. Phipps did win gold at the 2003 NORCECA Championships, a silver at the 2002 World Championships, and bronze medals at the 2003 World Cup and 2004 FIVB World Grand Prix. Phipps later opened her own training center, the Keba Phipps Volleyball Academy (KPVA), near Atlanta, Georgia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Volleyball Women's Volleyball United States USA 7
2004 Summer 35 Athina Volleyball Women's Volleyball United States USA 5T

Women's Volleyball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW IP
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Final Round Match 7/8 1 1988-09-29 USA 3, KOR 2 3 12
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Classification Round 5-8 Match #2 2 1988-09-27 GDR 3, USA 1 1 5
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #1 2 1988-09-21 CHN 3, USA 0 0 6
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #3 1 1988-09-23 USA 3, BRA 2 3 5
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #6 2 1988-09-25 PER 3, USA 2 2 1
2004 Summer 35 Athina Volleyball United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 2004-08-24 BRA 3, USA 2 2 5
2004 Summer 35 Athina Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #3 2 2004-08-14 CHN 3, USA 1 1 5
2004 Summer 35 Athina Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #5 1 2004-08-16 USA 3, GER 1 3 16
2004 Summer 35 Athina Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #7 2 2004-08-18 DOM 3, USA 2 2 10
2004 Summer 35 Athina Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #12 2 2004-08-20 RUS 3, USA 2 2 15
2004 Summer 35 Athina Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #15 1 2004-08-22 USA 3, CUB 0 3 8
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