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.
Team USA was the first to strike against Italy in this gold medal final, scoring in the first minute. They went on to be the first ever team to repeat as gold medal Olympic champions in the sport of women’s water polo. With help from star attacker Maggie Steffens and the incredible goalkeeping of 6’1″ Ashleigh Johnson, Team USA won with ease.
Italy struck back at the beginning of the second and cut the lead in half for a short while before the American ladies fired back and brought the lead back up 5-2. The American’s lead at the half was 5-3. The American water polo team was able to score at will and had contributions from most every player. The Italian team however was outmatched on both sides of the pool team and never had a chance in this gold medal match.
The first minute of the second half was more of the same with a quick score for Team USA bringing the score to 6-3. The Italians simply had no answers for the suffocating offense of the Americans. Italy started from behind and never came close to touching the lead in this game which was owned by the American ladies. Team USA had a huge lead late in the game allowing them to switch their strategy with clock management. Bravo, Team USA!
HollywoodLifers, how cool are the American ladies of water polo? They made that game look so easy. Were you surprised with the results of this epic game? What has been your favorite moment of the Rio games?