If timing, hard work, perseverance and dealing with adversity mean anything in sports, then expect to see the U.S. Women's Water Polo atop the gold medal stand August 9 in London.
Head Coach Adam Krikorian, a former UCLA standout in water polo who captained the Men's NCAA championship team his senior year in 1995, feels he may have his best group of 13 women since taking over the reins of Team USA in 2009.
Water polo may not get the attention of the swimmers and divers, but every four years a worldwide audience tunes in to see some of the most fierce competition in a swimming pool. The U.S. Women's team has extra motivation heading into London: though it has won a number of gold medals at other events, it has yet to capture gold in the Olympics.
Krikorian has put together a squad that is a healthy mix of seasoned veterans and young, energetic stars in the making. The U.S. will battle it out amongst seven other countries over a two week period beginning on July 30 at the gorgeous new aquatic center in London.
There are at least five reasons why this particular team will take the gold this time. Put on your best red, white and blue, and take a look—you'll want to follow these overachievers as they fight their way to Olympic gold.
Howard Ruben is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained first-hand.