Hometown: San Clemente, Calif.
Birth Year: 1976
Height: 6-10 (209cm)
Weight: 227 lbs (103kg)
Joined Team: 1999
Web Site: www.gabegardner.com
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – FIVB World League (Silver Medal). 2011 – FIVB World League. 2008 – Olympic Games (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League (Gold Medal)... Four Nations' Tournament (Gold Medal)... NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying Championship (Gold Medal). 2007 – FIVB World Cup... NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League (Bronze Medal). 2006 – FIVB World Championships... FIVB World League... Argentina Tour. 2005 – FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal). 2004 – NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)... Japan Tour... Houston Series... USA Global Challenge (Gold Medal)... Serbia and Montenegro Tour (Silver Medal)... Olympic Games (Fourth Place). 2003 – Colorado/Nebraska Tour... Canada Tour... Pan American Games (Fourth Place)... World Cup (Fourth Place). 2002 – Dallas Tour... Six-Nation Tournament (Italy)... Louisville Tour. 1999 – Pan American Games. 1998 – France Trip... Portugal Trip. 1995 – World University Games.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Was an alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's volleyball team... Competed in seven World League sets, scoring seven points on seven kills. 2011 – Part of the 2011 FIVB World League preliminary roster. He played 10 sets in four matches in Poland and Puerto Rico and did not score. 2008 – Finished the 2008 season with 134 kills in 42 sets played (3.19 kills per set). Had a hitting percentage of 0.40. Gabe averaged .12 aces per set, .45 blocks per set and 1.17 digs per set... Finished the 2008 Olympic Games with a gold medal and played in matches against China and Japan... Helped the U.S. Men win a gold medal at the FIVB World League. Scored 65 points in pool play with 55 kills, eight blocks and two aces... Helped the U.S. Men to a gold medal at the Four Nations Tournament on May 11-13 in Germany... Helped the U.S. Men win to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier in Caguas, Puerto Rico. 2007 – Moved from outside hitter to opposite at the start of the 2007 season and adjusted well... Finished the season as the team's fourth-leading scorer with 329 points. He averaged 3.82 points per set. Averaged 3.27 kills per set... Was the United States' second-leading scorer and 18th overall at the FIVB World Cup where the U.S. Men finished fourth. Finished with 118 points on 101 kills, 12 blocks and five aces. His 101 kills was second best for the U.S. Men. Gabe was the leading scorer in three World Cup matches for the U.S. Men, including the final match agaainst Russia, in which he scored 21 points as the U.S. Men lost in five sets... Was the United States' sixth-leading scorer of the NORCECA Continental Championship, where he shared time at opposite with Clay Stanley. Gabe finished with 27 points on 24 kills, one block and two aces... Gabe Was the United States' leading "spiker", and third overall, in World League pool play and was credited with a success percentage of 62.23. In the final round, he was credited with a 55.84 percent success rate, which was the best among the U.S. players and fourth overall. He was also the team's second-leading scorer in both pool play and the final round. 2006 – Competed in the FIVB World League where the U.S. Men finished tied for 10th... Gabe helped the win the Argentina series 4-1. 2005 – Earned a gold medal in August at the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament as the USA Men qualified for the 2006 World Championships. 2004 – Gabe made his first-ever Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece as the USA Men finished fourth overall... Team USA qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Jan. 10... he men posted a perfect record of 6-0 en route to the gold medal, which included a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Cuba in the championship match... Scored 10 points on nine kills and one service ace in the championship match. 2003 – Returned from a leg injury suffered at the Pan American Games in August to play in the World Cup in November... Saw considerable action and finished seventh on the team in scoring with 62 points on 56 kills and six blocks. 2002 – Played in the first three tours of the season... Still ranked second on the team in kills per set (2.28) and fourth in points per set (2.70)... Was eighth on the team in kills (91) and in total points (108)... Scored 18 points (14 kills, three blocks, one ace) as the U.S. swept defending Olympic champion Yugoslavia on June 6 for its only win in Italy. 1999 – Started for the Pan American Games squad at outside hitter. 1998 – Led the team with 25 kills in a match against Portugal...Also tallied 16 kills in the last match of the series against Portugal.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played two seasons at USC and one year at Stanford. 1999 – Led Stanford with 6.79 kills per game in 47 games and 13 matches played... Despite missing nine matches, still second on the team with 319 kills... Ranked third on the squad with 1.64 digs per game. 1998 – Sat out a season after transferring from USC. 1997 – Played in 15 matches for USC before deciding to transfer... Was third on the team with 342 kills, hitting .308... Added 41 blocks, 90 digs and 13 aces... Posted 20 or more kills 11 times and hit the 30-plus kill plateau three times... Registered a career-high 41 kills against Pepperdine in his last match as a Trojan. 1996 – As a starter, led the Trojans with 490 kills, hitting .245... Ranked 11th nationally in kills per game (5.51)... Named to the Asics/Volleyball Magazine Freshmen All-America team and earned honorable mention All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federations honors.
PERSONAL: Born Gabriel Bryan Gardner in 1976 in San Diego, Calif.... Now calls Sacramento, Calif., home... Parents are Frank and Deborah Gardner... Has three brothers: Phinney, Zack and Nick... Phinney is a former member of the U.S. Water Polo national team and also played at UC Berkeley... Gabe and his wife Julie, who is a doctor, were married in Athens, Greece, in 2004, following the Olympic Games... The couple has two sons, Harper (2007) and Finley (2010)... Gabe attended San Clemente (Calif.) High School and also was the goal keeper on the water polo team... Gabe was named the Orange County Athlete of the Year in 1995... Gabe graduated with a human biology degree from Stanford... While they were at Stanford, Gabe and now-wife Julie used to double-date with Google founder Sergey Brin and his then-girlfriend, who also went to Stanford. Brin was in the process of starting Google and once asked Gabe about working for the Web search engine, but Gabe chose volleyball instead... Enjoys surfing, beach volleyball and playing the guitar... Was an Overseas Pro League Champion twice (Argentina 2003 and Turkey 2005)... Gabe speaks fluent Spanish.
Updated October 2012