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Meet The Gold-Winning U.S. Women's Water Polo Team Monday

The City Council will honor the team, which trains in Los Alamitos, for taking first place at the 2012 London Olympic games.

If you've ever wanted to meet a gold-medal Olympic athlete, Monday's your day to meet a whole crowd of 'em. 

The U.S. Women’s Olympic Water Polo team will be honored by the Los Alamitos City Council at their Aug. 20 council meeting.

The team, which has practiced at the Joint Forces Training Base since 1998, won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics on Aug. 9.

“Los Alamitos is very proud of the heart and dedication shown by each of the USA Women’s Olympic Water Polo players through the grueling Olympic competition,” said Mayor Troy Edgar in a statement. “It is so exciting for our small city to be home to the best Women’s Olympic Water Polo team in the world.”

The community is invited to attend the meeting, meet members of the team and coaches and staff.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at 3191 Katella Ave.

Team USA won their first silver medal in 2000 when women's water polo was first introduced at the Olympics. The women brought home the bronze in 2004 and the silver in 2008. 

This year, the team defeated Hungary (14-13), tied with Spain (9-9) and defeated China (7-6) in the preliminary round of competition.

With a 2-0-1 record, the U.S. defeated Italy (9-6) in the quarter final round and squeezed past Australia (11-9) in overtime in the semifinal round to advance to the gold medal match.

Team USA overwhelmed Spain (8-5) to win their fourth consecutive Olympic medal and their first Olympic Gold.

The Los Alamitos-based  is currently open to the public.

For additional information, visit www.cityoflosalamitos.org or call the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department at (562) 430-1073.

Cathy August 18, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Aug 17 was yesterday--Friday??? Did I miss something??
Paige Austin August 18, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Hi Cathy, you didn't miss anything, but I did. I should have caught that incorrect date when I was editing the story. Thanks for pointing it out. The council meetings is actually on Monday the 20th. It will be a great chance to meet and cheer on our local Olympians.

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