Even though the Americans are the only country to claim a medal in women’s water polo at all three Olympics in which it has been a sport, and they won gold in nearly every other world event, the Olympic gold remains elusive. In 2000, it was a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the hands of the host country Australia.
The Americans claimed bronze at the 2004 games before losing a 9-8 at the parity filled 2008 Beijing Olympic games. In that final, the Americans allowed the Netherlands' Danielle de Brujin to score seven goals en route to the final. For you non-water polo fans, that’s like scoring 50 points in an NBA Finals Game. So how does the USA women’s water polo team get back to the finals and come out on top? I give you five easy steps to winning gold.