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Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

Gabrielle Allyse Reece (born January 6, 1970) is an American professional volleyball player, sports announcer, fashion model and actress.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

Reece was born in La Jolla, California, and raised in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

An only child of Terry Glynn and Robert Eduardo Reece.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

Her father, who was Afro-Trinidadian, was killed in a plane crash when Gabrielle was five.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

She returned to the U.S. mainland for the eleventh grade, attending Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg, Florida, when she took up sports.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

She accepted a volleyball scholarship from Florida State University, where she majored in communications, and in volleyball she led the league in kills four times and blocks once.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

Reece also set two school volleyball records, in solo blocks (240) and total blocks (747), both of which still stand.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

In 1989, she moved to New York City to pursue more rigorously a parallel career as a sports fashion model and also continue in her pro volleyball career.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

Florida State University inducted Reece into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

On November 30, 1997, Reece married big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

They have two daughters: Reece Viola Hamilton (born in October 2003) and Brody Jo Hamilton (born on January 1, 2008, in Hawaii).

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

She and Hamilton also are raising Izabela, Hamilton’s daughter from his previous marriage to big wave surfer and clothing designer Maria Souza.

Photos – The Gabrielle Reece Story

The Hamilton-Reece family splits time residing in Hawaii and Malibu, California.

 

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