Gabrielle Reece was born on January 6, 1970 in La Jolla, California, and spent her early years living on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. By the age of 7, Gabrielle Reece had already reached five feet in height. After relocating to St. Petersburg, Florida, Gabby began playing volleyball at the high school level. Gabrielle Reece earned an athletics scholarship to Florida State University in 1987, and majored in Communications.

Gabrielle Reece competed in volleyball as a Lady Seminole from 1987 to 1990, where Gabrielle Reece set season records for solo and total blocks, and earned several All-Tournament honors. In Gabrielle Reece's junior year, Reece was named Most Inspiring Collegiate Athlete in the country, and was inducted into Florida State's Athletic Hall of Fame.

In early 1989, Gabrielle Reece began modeling for the Ford Agency of New York, and before year's end, was selected by Elle magazine as one of the five most beautiful women in the world. Gabrielle Reece would go on to grace the covers of magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, LIFE and Women's Sports & Fitness, though volleyball always took precedence over everything else, no matter how lucrative.

In 1993, Gabrielle Reece became Nike's first ever female cross-training spokesperson, appearing alongside Bo Jackson in TV ads. That same year, Gabrielle Reece began competing in the four-person Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League, leading in blocks during her first season, and kills Gabrielle Reece's first four. Gabrielle Reece became captain of team Nike in 1994, and was named the League's Offensive Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons.

Gabrielle Reece hosted segments of MTV Sports from 1993-1996, as well as The Extremists (1995), where Gabrielle Reece got to try her hand at a variety of high energy activities including drag racing, white-water kayaking, and skydiving. From 1994 through '95, Gabrielle Reece wrote a sports and fitness column for Elle magazine. Following Gabrielle Reece's fifth and final season with the Bud Light League in 1997, Gabrielle Reece co-authored Big Girl in the Middle with Karen Karbo, which chronicles her triumphs and defeats as a top female pro athlete. Gabrielle Reece made a cameo appearance as a fitness trainer in Gattaca (1997), and began contributing a regular column to Women's Sports & Fitness. That November, Gabrielle Reece married extreme surfer Laird Hamilton.

Gabrielle Reece switched to competing in the two-person Federation of International Volleyball circuit in 1999, and posted back-to-back thirds with partner Holly McPeak during their first season together. In 2000, 6'3" Gabrielle Reece graced the cover and interior pages of Play..boy.

Gabrielle Reece has recently been working on improving her golf swing, and trained with coach Claude Harmon in the hopes of eventually qualifying for the LPGA. Gabrielle Reece became the first woman to compete at the American Century Pro Celebrity Golf Tournament in 2002. Gabrielle Reece landed another career as a reporter in November, covering golf for USA Sports, including the 2003 PGA Tour.

 

Accomplishments

Gabrielle Reece started collecting national athletic accolades years before Gabrielle Reece turned professional. In addition to earning All-Tournament honors numerous times during her days at Florida State, Gabrielle Reece ranked 5th in career blocks while competing in the NCAA. In 1990, the Dodge National Athletic Awards Committee named her the Most Inspiring Collegiate Athlete in the country. The previous year, Gabrielle Reece had been selected as one of Rolling Stone magazine's Wonder Women of Sport.

Gabrielle Reece spent four of her five years in the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League (1993-97) as Captain of the Nike team. In her first year, Gabrielle Reece led the league in blocks, and in all but her final season, she scored the most kills. Gabrielle Reece was twice named the Offensive Player of the Year (1994 and '95), and holds the league record for kills per match, in a single season, and in a tournament.

Gabrielle Reece's second career as a model brought her even more fame. Besides having been a spokesmodel for Nike, Gabrielle Reece has appeared on the covers of such fashion and lifestyle magazines as Elle, Harper's Bazaar and LIFE. Gabrielle Reece's made a handful of appearances on the big screen, including a cameo as an athletic trainer in Gattaca (1997). Gabrielle Reece also hosted MTV's The Extremists. In 1997, Gabrielle Reece co-authored her autobiography Big Girl in the Middle, and has also written for Elle and Conde Nast's Women's Sports & Fitness.

 

Gabbielle Reese in Playboy

Gabrielle Reece's road to fame and fortune owes as much to her athletic prowess as it does to her looks and stature. Gabrielle Reece was a star volleyball player at Florida State University, and started modeling a year into her college studies. With Gabrielle Reece's 6'3" lean, muscular frame and unique beauty, Gabrielle Reece quickly became a modeling sensation. With Gabrielle Reece's lucrative, high-profile contract representing Nike, Gabby bridged the worlds of sports and fashion.

In her first TV ad for Nike, Reece announced, "The Nike girl is me, just a bit extreme." In addition to Gabrielle Reece's prowess in beach volleyball, Gabrielle Reece is an all-around athlete who enjoys the challenge of surfing, skateboarding, motocross, dirt biking, wakeboarding, and sky diving, just to name a few. Gabrielle Reece's wit and intelligence allowed her to contribute regular columns to Elle and Women's Sports & Fitness, and report for MTV's The Extremists and USA Sports' golf coverage. It's no wonder that Women's Sports & Fitness named her one of the most influential women in sports.

Gabrielle Reece started collecting national athletic accolades years before she turned professional. In addition to earning All-Tournament honors numerous times during her days at Florida State, Gabrielle Reece ranked 5th in career blocks while competing in the NCAA. In 1990, the Dodge National Athletic Awards Committee named Gabrielle Reece the Most Inspiring Collegiate Athlete in the country. The previous year, Gabrielle Reece had been selected as one of Rolling Stone magazine's Wonder Women of Sport.

Gabrielle Reece spent four of her five years in the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League (1993-97) as Captain of the Nike team. In her first year, Gabrielle Reece led the league in blocks, and in all but her final season, she scored the most kills. Gabrielle Reece was twice named the Offensive Player of the Year (1994 and '95), and holds the league record for kills per match, in a single season, and in a tournament.

Gabrielle Reece's second career as a model brought her even more fame. Besides having been a spokesmodel for Nike, Gabby has appeared on the covers of such fashion and lifestyle magazines as Elle, Harper's Bazaar and LIFE. Gabrielle Reece's made a handful of appearances on the big screen, including a cameo as an athletic trainer in Gattaca (1997). Gabrielle Reece also hosted MTV's The Extremists. In 1997, Gabrielle Reece co-authored her autobiography Big Girl in the Middle, and has also written for Elle and Conde Nast's Women's Sports & Fitness.

 

Filmography

2000s
Cloud 9 ( 2006 ) , as Christina Hansen
1990s
"Men's Health Minutes" ( 2006 ) Tv Series, as a Hostess
"8 Simple Rules..for Dating My Teenage Daughter"...as Maggie ( 1 Episode , 2005 )
Volleyball ( 2005 ) TV Episode , as Maggie
Gattaca ( 1997 ) , as Gattaca Trainer
"The Extremists" ( 1995) TV Series

Gabrielle Reece as a Producer
"Insider Training" ( 2005 ) TV Series , as the Execute Producer
 

Gabrielle Reece as Herself
2000s
"America's Next Top Model" , as Herself ( 1 Episode, 2006 )
1990s
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" , as Herself ( 1 Episode, 2006 )
"Insider Training" ( 2005) , TV Series , as the Hostess
"Beyond the Glory" , as Herself ( 1 Episode, 2005 )
"North Shore" , as Herself ( 1 Episode, 2004 )
"Celebrity Blackjack" as Herself ( 1 Episode, 2004 )
Riding Giants ( 2004) as Herself Los Angeles Video Production
"Air Bud: Spikes Back ( 2003) , as Herself
"Hollywood Squares" as Guest Appearance ( 1 Episode, 2001 )
"Arli$$" , as Herself ( 1 episode, 1999 )
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" , as Herself ( 2 episodes, 1997-1999 )
"Chicago Sons" as Herself ( 1 episode, 1997 )
Sports Illustrated : Swimsuit '97 , as Herself
"Cybill " as Herself ( 1 Episode, 1996 ) Time Warner Digital Cable
"Ellen" , as Herself ( 1 Episode, 1996 )
"Howard Stern" , as Herself ( 2 Episodes, 1996 )
"Off Camera with Dean Cain" , as Herself

 

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