Jump in the water and get ready! Team USA is gunning for the gold. The U.S. women’s water polo team will face team Italy in the gold medal match on Aug. 19, and HollywoodLife.com wants you to see this epic clash in the pool! Click to watch.
It’s a battle of the best, as the American squad, having won gold in 2012, will face the 2004 gold medalist team Italy in what is literally a historic match. No matter who wins, that team will become the first country to score more than one women’s water polo gold medal. Wow. The match takes place at 2:30 PM ET so you better not miss a single second!
Sports fans can watch every thrilling shot, block and goal of this finale via NBC’s official Olympic Live Stream: WATCH THE USA VS ITALY WOMEN’S WATER POLO GOLD MEDAL MATCH LIVE STREAM
Italy and the U.S. are two of the biggest rivals in the pool, per NBC Sports. This Rio 2016 game will be the fourth time they have met in the Olympics. The first clash happened in the 2004 semis, with the Italians winning their way to a gold medal. Since 2008, the Americans have ruled the pool, winning straight matches with their Italian rivals. Italy broke the streak by beating the USA in the world championship group stages in 2015.
Since then, Team USA has gone 21-0 and has been the only team to win a medal in every Olympics where women’s water polo has been played. Thanks to Maggie Steffens, 23, who has been on fire on offense, the US has continued the streak. They also have nine different players who have scored in the last two games.
As for the Italians, don’t sleep on Arianna Garibotti, 26, and Roberta Bianconi, 27, as they’ve been critical in the matches against China and Russia. Their 23 goals in Rio have led their team to this gold-medal match. Adam Krikorian, 42, the coach for the USA women’s team, is certainly ready.
“Their defense has been really good and their goalie is playing fantastic,” he said about the Italian squad ahead of the gold-medal match. “It’s going to be a heck of a battle and we are going to have our hands full. No doubt about that.”
This is going to be amazing! Which team do you want to win, HollywoodLifers? Are you cheering on Italy or pulling for the USA?