DIGEST: USA Women’s Water Polo Most “Dominant” in Games?

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It is likely to be fleeting but the USA Women’s National Water Polo Team has captured the attention of the sporting press.

The most “dominant” athletes at the Rio Olympics, as suggested by Reuters, have all the emotional bases covered for media outlets that notice the nutty cosmonaut helmets and underwater violence every four years: the wrenching death of the head coach’s brother on the eve of the games; a young African-American goalkeeper altering color perceptions within the sport; the youngest ever gold medalist in a women’s team sport; speculation about the best women’s water polo team ever; muffled talk of a “dynasty;” oh, and depth – there’s a lot of talent in this program.

Start with a beautiful piece by the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore who goes behind the scenes to detail the enormous emotional shifts the team faced during the two weeks. It hardly ends there with a Newsday photo essay, ESPN’s focus on the teams tight chemistry, and two columnists recognizing the ways the squad stands out among all the American success in Rio.


U.S. women’s water polo wins gold with dominant, emotional win over Italy – The Washington Post
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team got far more of the limelight, and household names like swimmer Michael Phelps got immeasurably more TV coverage.

Olympics Commentary: Golden moment for Adam Krikorian and USA women’s water polo
Rio de Janeiro >> One by one, they approached their coach.One by one, after the anthem and podium ceremony, the USA water polo women took their gold medals off their own necks.One by one, they lined up and put all 15 medals…

Miller: U.S. women’s water polo team caps gold-medal run with tear-jerker celebration – The Orange County Register
For a sport where there’s so much unknown happening below the water, it was clear what was happening now above the surface. That much was obvious, as obvious as a grown man – wearing shoes and socks, long pants and a collared shirt – flailing for joy in a swimming pool.

Zaccardi: U.S. women’s water polo dynasty comes to fruition winning back-to-back Olympic golds | WDTN
RIO DE JANEIRO – Imagine this scene last winter. Maggie Steffens, the leader of the U.S. women’s water polo team that holds every major international title, stands and reads from two pieces of paper, with tears in her eyes. In front of her teammates, Steffens recites a letter.

Tightly knit U.S. women’s water polo team gives grieving coach a golden moment
The U.S. women’s water polo players rallied around their coach after his brother died shortly before the Olympics. And then they dominated in Rio and gave him a golden moment he’ll never forget.

Olympics Commentary: Golden moment for Adam Krikorian and USA women’s water polo
Rio de Janeiro >> One by one, they approached their coach.One by one, after the anthem and podium ceremony, the USA water polo women took their gold medals off their own necks.One by one, they lined up and put all 15 medals over th

The most dominant U.S. athletes in Rio? Women’s water polo | Reuters
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team got far more of the limelight, and household names like swimmer Michael Phelps got immeasurably more TV coverage.

U.S. Women Win Water Polo Gold Medal, Repeating As Champions | UPR Utah Public Radio
The U.S. women’s water polo team dominated Italy in a 12-5 win in their gold medal match Friday to become the first women’s team to win gold at

U.S. women’s water polo playing Italy for Olympic gold | SI.com
One word describes the U.S. women’s water polo team: badass. And now physical Americans are one win away from a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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By Joshua Schneyer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The U.S. women’s water polo team won a gold medal and became the first ever to defend its Olympic title on Friday, defeating Italy by 12-5. U.S. starting goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson blocked several attempts on goal including a high-speed penalty shot to

Blowout in women’s water polo gold match | 2016 Olympics – KMBC Home
The women’s water polo gold medal match between the U.S. and Italy turned into a blowout Friday at the Rio Olympics.

Rio Olympics: It’s a gold medal for U.S. women’s water polo team – The Orange County Register
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team got far more of the limelight, and household names like swimmer Michael Phelps got immeasurably more TV coverage.

Rio Olympics: It’s a gold medal for U.S. women’s water polo team – The Orange County Register
RIO DE JANEIRO – The U.S. women’s volleyball team captured the gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Friday with a x-x victory over Italy. The U.S

Golden again: U.S. water polo dominates Italy for 2nd straight medal
The pool at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium has seen its share of American gold this month, thanks to the likes of Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. The U.S. women’s water polo team added one more to that total Friday, in dominating fashion. The Americans captured their second-straight gold medal in the

USA Women Win Water Polo — Gold Medal After Romping Italy In Rio Olympics – Hollywood Life
Winner, winner, Team USA has done it again! The American ladies of water polo outscored their Italian competitors to repeat as Olympic gold winning champions. The players fought back the tears as they crushed Italy 12-5. Keep reading for all the details of this amazing finals game.

Rio Olympics 2016: U.S. women win second consecutive water polo gold | Athletics | Sporting News

Spurred By A Coach’s Hardship, U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team Earns Second Olympic Gold, presented by Ultimate Software
Gold medals secured, the U.S. women’s water polo players did the unthinkable minutes after collecting their long-coveted Olympic prizes: Gave them away.

The late Slingbox founder’s brother coached the U.S. women’s Olympic water polo team to repeat gold – Recode
The U.S. trounced Italy to win back-to-back Olympic titles.

Rio Olympics: USA vs. Italy water polo final pictures | Newsday
The U.S. and Italy played in the women’s water polo final at the Rio Olympics on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Gold-winning U.S. water polo team gives medals to coach in touching gesture
The U.S. women’s water polo team handily defeated Italy 12-5 Friday to win its second straight gold medal, but the road to victory was anything but smooth. Just two days before Opening Ceremonies, coach Adam Krikorian’s brother died unexpectedly in Southern California. Krikorian briefly left the team

U.S. Water Polo Team Celebrates Gold With Dunk of Head Coach | NBC New York
The U.S. women’s water polo team won its second consecutive Olympic gold medal by dominating Italy Friday, 12-5. The team has done a lot of winning the past few years, and those victories usually end with…

Pro Surfer Kaleigh Gilgchrist Wins Gold In Rio for Water Polo | The Inertia
Way to go Kaleigh!