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Prikeba (Keba) Phipps
 
 







There is no doubt that 34-year-old Prikeba (Keba) Phipps would love nothing better than to walk away from the 2003 World Cup with a gold medal.

The Colorado resident has been a central figure in the USA team in recent years and her huge hitting and instinctive ability to find the gap in the opposite court make her invaluable to her natonal team


Indeed Phipps packs a whallop that indicates she retains the same energy that made her a member of the USA Olympic team that competed at Seoul, Korea back in 1988 when just 19
-years-old. Fifteen years later and a long pause notwithstanding, she is still a pivotal member of the lineup, in itself an amazing sporting feat.

Phipps rejoined the World Grand Prix team in 2002, when they finished
in sixth place and was part of the 2002 silver medal winning team at the World Championship in Germany several months later. Her performances earlier this year at the 2003 World Grand Prix, where USA picked up the bronze medal, gave further evidence of how much she is a key player in the USA team.

Last year's World Championship was devastating for Phipps having led the team with her thunderous spikes through to the final only to be sidelined after receiving a knock in the eye in training.  There is no doubt Phipps, who is fluent in Italian after many years playing professionally in Italy, would like to follow up USA's World Grand Prix medal and make it to the podium in the 2003 World Cup.

At 190cm Phipps is one of the tallest on court and her trademark flying Rasta locks make her a fearsome opponent but it is a characteristic that she enjoys exploiting, bearing down on her opponents when she is in full flight.  But clearly Phipps has a soft side, and like the leader that she is, she is quick to comfort, encourage and inspire her teammates whenever the occasion presents itself.