USA, USA, USA!
The US women’s water polo team gives us yet another reason to get pumped for the Rio Olympics. Why? They just claimed the gold medal at the 2016 FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Shanghai last weekend by beating Spain 13-9!
Congratulations to Courtney Mathewson who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The US dominated, outscoring its opponents 81-41 in six games.
If that’s not enough to get you jacked up for some water polo Olympics style, then this will: USA is attempting to make history in Rio by becoming the first women’s team to successfully defend an Olympic title.
Make no mistake, Team USA is used to making history! They did it last year by becoming the first to concurrently hold all four major water polo championships: Olympics, world championship, World Cup and World League.
Since the FINA tournament began in 2004, the U.S. women have made it to the gold-medal match all but two times, in 2005 when they did not medal at all, and in 2013, when they won bronze. The Americans have now won 10 of the 13 editions and have medaled in the last 11 (they won silver in 2008).
Way to go girls!