Gabrielle Reece

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

Gabrielle Reece
BornJanuary 6, 1970 (age 49)
Other names"Gabby"
OccupationVolleyball player, fashion model, television celebrity
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)[1]
Spouse(s)Laird Hamilton (1997-present)
ChildrenReece Viola Hamilton (b. 2003)
Brody Jo Hamilton (b. 2008)

Early life

Reece was born in La Jolla, California, and raised in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. An only child[2] of Terry Glynn[3] and Robert Eduardo Reece.[4] Her father, who was Afro-Trinidadian, was killed in a plane crash when Gabrielle was five. She returned to the U.S. mainland for the eleventh grade, attending Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg, Florida, when she took up sports. 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. Reece also set two school volleyball records, in solo blocks (240) and total blocks (747), both of which still stand. 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. Florida State University inducted Reece into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.

Volleyball career

After graduation, Reece played on professional volleyball tours for several years. That year, Reece's 4-person team took first place at the first-ever Beach Volleyball World Championships staged at the UCLA Tennis Center, in her fifth season as a team captain in the 4-person Women's Beach Volleyball League (WBVL), and fourth captaining Team Nike, which shared League Co-Championship.

For four consecutive years, Reece was the WBVL kills leader from 1993–1996. She was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 1994–95, and the League blocks leader in 1993. She also competed domestically in the 1999–2000 Olympic Challenge Series, the 1999–2000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, and other competitions.

Reece trained in golf for four years hoping to make it onto the LPGA but was unsuccessful. In 2009, she said, "... with young children, I simply didn't have the time for such a demanding game".[5]

Modeling career

Reece began her modeling career while attending FSU. In 1989 she was named by Elle as one of the five most beautiful women in the world. She appeared in several Elle layouts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She has appeared on the covers of Outside, Shape, Women's Sports & Fitness, Elle, and Life. She appeared on the cover of Playboy, with an accompanying nude pictorial, in January 2001. Reece had previously made a cameo appearance as herself on the HBO series Arliss in which she angrily reprimanded her agent for even suggesting she accept an offer to pose nude for Playboy.[6][7]

Other work

Reece co-wrote a book with Karen Karbo about her life as a pro athlete entitled Big Girl in the Middle, published by Crown (1997). She also wrote a column for Condé Nast's magazine Women's Sports & Fitness, and has been a contributing editor at Elle magazine. For several years, Reece hosted ESPN and NBC's Gravity Games, where she participated in road-luging, white water kayaking, drag racing, surfing, sky diving, and more on MTV Sports (1993–95), and The Extremists with Gabrielle Reece (1995–96). She was also a commentator at the 1998 Goodwill Games.

Reece recently reunited with Nike as a spokeswoman, and she is a new expert and writer for Yahoo-Health. Reece also produced an infomercial for a health and fitness product, "The Primal System" with fitness expert Paul Chek, and hosted Insider Training for Fit TV/Discovery, in which she interviewed professional athletes about their training & conditioning regimens. Reece hosted NBCs STRONG 2016 and along with her husband Laird Hamilton did the series XPT :The Experience for Outside Television 2017

As an actress, Reece played the role of a physical trainer in the film Gattaca (1997) and a pro beach volleyball player in Cloud Nine with Burt Reynolds (in 2004). She guest-starred on TV series North Shore (2004) and 8 Simple Rules (2005). She also appeared as a guest on Extreme Makeover Home Edition and America's Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. In 2007, Reece and her husband Laird Hamilton, appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition. In the first round of competition, she matched up against the former NFL coach Bill Cowher and the actor William Shatner. In 2008, she released Gabrielle Reece: Fit & Healthy Prenatal Workouts with exercise guru Mike Monroe. For 2008, Reece was the spokeswoman for Simply Nutrilite, a line developed by Quixtar.

In her April 2013 book titled My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life, Reece writes that "to truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and – look out, here it comes – submissive."[8][9] She went on to further define her point in an April 16 interview on The Today Show by saying that she believes women being submissive in relationships is a sign of strength – not weakness. "We don’t worry about (men) having it all, so I don’t know where we got this idea to have it all".[10]

Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece are the founders of XPT Life or Extreme Performance Training.

Personal life

On November 30, 1997, Reece married big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. They have two daughters: Reece Viola Hamilton (born in October 2003) and Brody Jo Hamilton (born on January 1, 2008, in Hawaii).[11] She and Hamilton also are raising Izabela, Hamilton's daughter from his previous marriage to big wave surfer and clothing designer Maria Souza. The Hamilton-Reece family splits time residing in Hawaii and Malibu, California. In the latter, she is known as a member of the "Malibu Mob", a group of celebrity friends and neighbors that includes actor John Cusack, hockey player Chris Chelios, tennis player John McEnroe, and actor John C. McGinley.


  1. ^ a b "Volleyball Superstar Gabrielle Reece Interview: Fitness Secrets & Looking Like A Million Bucks!". January 19, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Volleyball, Anyone? Model Gabrielle Reece's Favorite Spikes Are Not on Her Heels :". Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Morgan, Terri (January 1, 1999). "Gabrielle Reece: Volleyball's Model Athlete". Lerner Publishing Group. Retrieved August 22, 2016 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Personality Parade, by Walter Scott, Parade magazine, March 29, 2009, p. 2.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  7. ^ "Playboy cover". Playboy. January 2001.
  8. ^ Reece, Gabrielle (2013). My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life. Scribner. p. 224. ISBN 1451692668.
  9. ^ "'To be a submissive woman shows real strength': Former volleyball star Gabrielle Reece on how she brought her marriage back from the brink". Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Stump, Scott. "Gabby Reece: Women being submissive is 'a sign of strength'". Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "Gabrielle Reece, Laird Hamilton have a daughter". Retrieved 2008-01-03.

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Afro-Trinidadians and Tobagonians

Afro-Trinidadians and Tobagonians (or just Afro-Trinbagonians) are people from Trinidad and Tobago who are largely of West African and Sub-Saharan descent. Social interpretations of race in Trinidad and Tobago are often used to dictate who is of African descent; for example, a person might appear "white" in appearance but may still be considered "black" based on significant African ancestry. Mulatto-Creole, Zambo, Pardo, Quadroon or Octoroon were all racial terms used to measure the amount of African ancestry someone possessed in Trinidad and throughout Latin American and Caribbean history.

Afro-Trinidadians and Tobagonians accounted for 35.4 per cent of the population of Trinidad and Tobago according to the 2011 Census. However, the classification is primarily a superficial description based on phenotypical (physical) description opposed to genotypical (genetic) classification. It is not uncommon for Trinidadians of both Indian and African descent to be considered Afro-Trinidadian solely based on appearance. An additional 22.8 per cent of Trinidadians described themselves as being multiracial, of whom 7.7 per cent were dougla (mixed African and Indian ethnicity).The islands of Trinidad and Tobago (united in 1888) have a different racial history. The island of Trinidad is mainly multiracial while the population of Tobago is primarily what is considered Afro-Tobagonian, which is synonymous with Afro-Trinidadian, with the exception that the people of Tobago are almost exclusively of direct African ancestry. In an effort to unite the cultural and ethnic divide between the two islands many people choose to be called Trinbagonians as a sign of unity.

Celebrity Cooking Showdown

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Chicago Sons

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Cloud 9 (2006 film)

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Fit Pregnancy

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Gabrielle (given name)

Gabrielle is the French feminine form of Gabriel, which means "hero of god" or "God is my might" in Hebrew.

I Love the '90s (U.S. TV series)

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Laird Hamilton

Laird John Hamilton (born March 2, 1964) is an American big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in surfing, and an occasional fashion and action-sports model. He is married to Gabrielle Reece, a professional volleyball player, television personality, and model.

List of American beach volleyball players

The following is a list of well-known beach volleyball players in the United States:

Dain Blanton

Nicole Branagh

Phil Dalhausser

Emily Day

Mike Dodd

Eric Fonoimoana

Lauren Fendrick

Jennifer Fopma

Brent Frohoff

Matt Fuerbringer

Jake Gibb

Sara Hughes

Casey Jennings

Jenny Johnson Jordan

Karch Kiraly

Alix Klineman

Mike Lambert

Misty May-Treanor

Holly McPeak

Stein Metzger

Jeff Nygaard

Casey Patterson

Gabrielle Reece

Todd Rogers

Sean Rosenthal

Jennifer Kessy

April Ross

Summer Ross

Eugene Selznick

Sinjin Smith

Randy Stoklos

Brooke Sweat

Rachel Wacholder

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Aaron Wexler

Mike Whitmarsh

Kevin Wong

Elaine Youngs

List of Pittsburgh Steelers figures in broadcasting

The Steelers franchise has a rich history of producing well-known sportscasters over the years: the most famous of which is Myron Cope, who served as a Steelers radio color commentator for 35 seasons (1970-2004).

Additionally, several former players for the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up the broadcast microphone:

Lynn Swann (wide receiver, 1974-1982) - Starting in 1978 was a sideline reporter for ABC Sports. Over the 2005 and 2006 NFL seasons, he had taken a leave of absence to unsuccessfully pursue the governor's office of Pennsylvania. Swann has also had several Hollywood roles, making cameos in 1998's The Waterboy, 1993's The Program and 1991's The Last Boy Scout. His TV cameos include Saturday Night Live and The Drew Carey Show.

Merril Hoge (running back, 1987-1993) - Has hosted sports shows on ESPN and ESPN2 since 1996 most notably NFL Matchup, Football Friday and NFL 2Night/ NFLLive. He has also had hosting duties on ABC/ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. He also served as an analyst for the Steelers radio network alongside Bill Hillgrove and the late Myron Cope.

Mark Malone (quarterback, 1980-1987) - Began his career as a sports reporter for Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV from 1991–1994, from 1994 to 2004 he hosted nationally-televised sports shows for ESPN, including NFL 2Night, NFL Matchup and the X-Games. From 2004-2008 he was director of sports broadcasting at CBS2 Chicago. Now Hosts his own program weeknights from 7 PM - 10 PM on NBC Sports Radio.

Jerome Bettis (running back, 1998-2011) - Formerly an analyst of NBC Sunday Night Football's Football Night in America pre-game with Bob Costas 2006–2009, also is host of the Pittsburgh broadcast The Jerome Bettis Show 1998–2007 on KDKA-TV and 2007-Present on WPXI-TV.

Hines Ward (wide receiver, 1996-2005) - Former analyst of NBC Sunday Night Football's Football Night in America. Pregame/halftime analyst for Notre Dame Football on NBC (2013–2015), Now is a Sports Analyst for CNN since 2016 and hosts The Hines Ward Show 2013–Present on WPXI-TV.

Bill Cowher (head coach, 1992-2006) - Co-host of CBS Sports NFL Today on CBS as a studio analyst, joining Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, and Boomer Esiason. Cowher had a cameo in 1998's The Waterboy, and in 2007 Cowher appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition. Cowher matched up against Gabrielle Reece and William Shatner. Cowher has also made a cameo in The Dark Knight Rises with several other Steelers players, as the coach of the Gotham Rogues.

Terry Bradshaw (quarterback, 1970-1983) - Started as a Guest commentator for CBS NFL Playoff broadcasts from 1980–1982, after retirement he joined Verne Lundquist at CBS full-time as a game anaylst on what would become one of the top rated sports broadcasts. In 1990, he went from the broadcast booth to the pre-game studio shows anchoring the NFL Today pre-game shows on CBS and later on Fox NFL Sunday. He has in recent years started to host regular features in addition to the show, "Ten yards with TB" and the "Terry Awards". In addition to broadcasting Bradshaw has had appearances in several major motion pictures (most notably Smokey and the Bandit II, Black Sunday, and Failure to Launch) as well as spokesman for Radio Shack and SaniKing among others in commercials. He also has made many guest appearances on sitcoms from Married... with Children to Evening Shade and Wee Willie Winkie.

Kordell Stewart (quarterback 1998-2003) - Currently an ESPN Analyst for all NFL shows and an Analyst for TuneIn's NFL Coverage.

Tunch Ilkin (offensive tackle, 1980–1992) - current Steelers radio color commentator; Pittsburgh CW Network In the Locker Room Host 2006–Present.

Craig Wolfley (offensive lineman, 1980-1989) - current Steelers radio sideline reporter; Pittsburgh CW Network In the Locker Room Host 2006–Present.

Rod Woodson (defensive back, 1987–1996), (1997 with 49ers), (1998-2001 with Ravens), & (2002-2003 with Raiders) - current Analysts for NFL Network 2003–Present.

Jack Ham (linebacker, 1971–1982) - did color commentary for the Steelers on KDKA-TV during the NFL Preseason into the early 2000s before leaving and being replaced by former teammate Edmund Nelson. Ham also co-hosted some pregame and postgame shows on the station, but was replaced by Nelson in those roles as well. Since 2000, Ham has been the color analyst on the Penn State football radio network.

Edmund Nelson (defensive lineman, 1982-1988) - served as the color analyst for Pittsburgh Steelers pre-season games and participated as a co-host to Bob Pompeani in KDKA-TV's regular season pre-game program Steelers Kickoff until retiring in 2015.

Charlie Batch (quarterback, 2002-2012) - took a Steelers pre-game studio analyst job with KDKA-TV for the 2013 season alongside KDKA-TV sports anchor Bob Pompeani and ex-Steeler defensive lineman Edmund Nelson, effectively ending his NFL career. He continued in this role for the 2014 season. In 2015, Batch replaced the retiring Nelson as KDKA-TV's color commentator for preseason games, while becoming the main studio analyst for the Steelers pre-game coverage prior to the national airing of The NFL Today. Former teammate Chris Hoke replaced Nelson for the post-game show.

Tony Dungy (defensive back, 1977-1979) - as an analyst on NBC's Football Night in America.

List of Trinidadians and Tobagonians

Below is a list of notable Trinidadians and Tobagonians, people from Trinidad and Tobago or of Trinidadian and Tobagonian descent.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

John Agitation (Ramdeen Ramjattan)

Mahaboob Ben Ali, businessman

Inshan Ali

Tatyana Ali

Waheed Alli, Baron Alli

Marlon Asher, reggae singer

Attila the Hun, calypsonian

Winifred Atwell (1910–1983), pianist

Anya Ayoung-Chee

Cardi B

Samuel Badree

Sundar Popo (Sundarlal Popo Bahora)

Showkat Baksh

Mighty Shadow (Winston Anthony Bailey)

Kevin Baldeosingh

Bas Balkissoon

Adrian Barath

Gerry Bednob

Lionel Belasco (1881-1967), pianist, composer and bandleader

Mike Bibby

Ian Bishop, cricketer

Ravi Bissambhar

Chris Bisson

Neil Bissoondath

Black Stalin (1941 – ), calypsonian

Ato Boldon, Olympic Sprinter

Dole Chadee (Nankissoon Boodram)

Denzil Botus, pianist

Brother Resistance, musician

Pundit Capildeo (Capildeo family)

Rudranath Capildeo

Simbhoonath Capildeo

Surendranath Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo

Ria Carlo (née Persad)

Edwin Carrington

Anthony Carmona

Reema Harrysingh-Carmona

Jennifer Carroll, politician

Patrick Castagne

Jennifer Cassar


George Chambers

Ranji Chandisingh

Chandini Chanka

Danny Cipriani

Janelle Commissiong

Affion Crockett, actor, writer, dancer, rapper, comedian, music producer

Crazy (1944 – ), calypsonian

Ralph de Boissière

Rajindra Dhanraj

Anslem Douglas, musician and composer

Errol Duke ("The Growler")

Winston Duke

Rayad Emrit

Michael Ellis Fisher

Wendy Fitzwilliam

Sharlene Flores

Foxy Brown

Hedy Fry

Daren Ganga

Hermat Gangapersad

Destra Garcia

George 'Sonny' Goddard

Albert Gomes

Robert Greenidge

Growling Tiger

Gypsy, calypsonian

Subhashchandra Pandharinath Gupte


Ian Hanomansing

Khalid Hassanali

Noor Mohamed Hassanali

Heather Headley

Roy Hibbert

Solomon Hochoy

Boscoe Holder

Geoffrey Holder

Imran N. Hosein

Wilmoth Houdini

Kendall Jagdeosingh

Amit Jaggernauth

Rikki Jai (Samraj Jaimungal)

C. L. R. James

Trinidad James

Daymond John

Anthony Joseph

Vena Jules

Hubert Julian

Parvati Khan

Vashtie Kola

Harold Sonny Ladoo

Brian Lara

Giselle Laronde

Lancelot Layne

Nia Long

Lord Beginner (1904–1981), calypsonian

Lord Creator

Lord Invader

Lord Kitchener, calypsonian

Lord Melody

Lovey's String Band

The Mad Stuntman

Davan Maharaj

Devant Maharaj

Krishna Maharaj

Rabi Maharaj

Satnarayan Maharaj

Valene Maharaj

Bhadase Sagan Maraj

Ishwar Maraj

Ralph Maraj

Dean Marshall

Ellie Mannette

Patrick Manning

Sam Manning, musician

Ira Mathur

Surujpat Mathura

Maximus Dan

Haji Gokool Meah

Valentina Medina

Alfred Mendes

Sam Mendes

Nicki Minaj

Mighty Panther

Mighty Sparrow

Mighty Spoiler

Mighty Terror

Peter Minshall

Anisa Mohammed

Lennox Mohammed

Machel Montano

Shani Mootoo

Seepersad Naipaul

Shiva Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul

Rangy Nanan

Sampson Nanton

Valiama Narain

Sunil Narine

Billy Ocean

Basdeo Panday, former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

PartyNextDoor, musician

Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Lakshmi Persaud

Rajendra Persaud

Wintley Phipps

Denyse Plummer

Nicolas Pooran

Neeshan Prabhoo

Tracy Quan

Suruj Ragoonath

Wendy Rahamut

Sonny Ramadhin

Anantanand Rambachan

Surujrattan Rambachan

Kenneth Ramchand

Raymond Ramcharitar

Sandra Ramdhanie

Denesh Ramdin

Drupatee Ramgoonai

Manny Ramjohn

Dinanath Ramnarine

Ria Ramnarine

Heeralal Rampartap

Ravi Rampaul

Arnold Rampersad

Natasha Ramsahai

Donald Ramsamooj

Greg Ranjitsingh

Jean Ramjohn-Richards

Gabrielle Reece

Alfonso Ribeiro

Roaring Lion

A. N. R. Robinson

Keith Rowley

David Rudder

Adesh Samaroo

Jit Samaroo

Lall Ramnath Sawh

Hazel Scott

Samuel Selvon

Cindy Devika Sharma

Lennox Sharpe

Ras Shorty I

Boysie Singh

Charran Kamkaran Singh

Kimberly Farrah Singh

Lakshmi Singh

Robindra Ramnarine Singh

Sir Lancelot, singer

Errol Sitahal

Elliott Skinner (anthropologist of Burkina Faso and US Ambassador)


Tony Springer


André Tanker

Adrian Cola Rienzi (Krishna Deonarine Tiwari)

Pundit Sahadeo Tiwari

AJ Tracey

Wayne Gerard Trotman

Lorraine Toussaint

Daisy Voisin

Derek Walcott

Rudolph Walker

Eric Williams

Lauryn Williams

Anand Yankaran

Rakesh Yankaran

Young Tiger


Errol Louis

List of people in Playboy 2000–2009

This list of people in Playboy 2000-09 is a catalog of women and men who appeared in Playboy magazine between the years 2000 and 2009, inclusive. Note that not all of the people featured on the cover or in the magazine model in the nude.

Entries in blue indicate that the issue marks the original appearance of that year's Playmate of the Year (PMOY).

MTV Sports

MTV Sports is a show that ran on MTV from 1992 to 1997. Dan Cortese hosted the reality sports show featuring radical sports from around the country. It was later hosted by athlete/model Gabrielle Reece from 1993 to 1995.


The name Reece may refer to one of the following people. The name derives from the Welsh name Rhys

Alex Reece

Andy Reece (born 1962), English footballer

Angel Reece

Caley Reece

Christopher Reece

Gabrielle Reece

Jane Reece

Jason Reece

Jimmy Reece

Lewis Reece (born 1991), Welsh rugby league footballer

Reece Brown (born 1996), English footballer

Reece Cole (born 1998), English footballer

Reece Mastin

Reece Morrison (born 1945), American football player

Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shipley (1921–1998), American country musician

Strong (TV series)

Strong is an American competition reality show that debuted on NBC on April 13, 2016 and airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. It is hosted by former professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece.

Trinidadian and Tobagonian Americans

Trinidadian and Tobagonian Americans (also known as Trinbagonian Americans) are Americans of full or partial Trinidadian or Tobagonian ancestry or immigrants born in Trinidad and Tobago. The largest proportion of Trinidadians live in New York City and in other places such as Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. There are more than 223,639 Trinbagonian Americans living in the United States of America.

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