Tokyo Olympics

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Re: Tokyo Olympics

Postby jeff » Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:11 pm

BayBoy,

With all due respect to the women's water polo team, and they deserve our support and congratulations, the most dominant American national team in the 21st century is the women's basketball team. In this century, the women's water polo team has won three Olympic gold medals and three in a row. The women's basketball team has gone undefeated and won the gold medal at every Olympic Games since the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

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Re: Tokyo Olympics

Postby SwimCoach » Mon Aug 09, 2021 1:24 pm

BayBoy wrote:The women’s water polo team is the single most dominant American national team of the century, for both genders and all sports.


What about the women's basketball team?

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Re: Tokyo Olympics

Postby BayBoy » Mon Aug 09, 2021 5:44 pm

Swimcoach and Jeff are certainly correct about the Olympic performance of women's basketball.
At one point the water polo women had a 69 game win streak. Including world championships, I thought polo had had the more impressive run, but I am corrected - perhaps basketball still holds the title. Anyway, well done!

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Re: Tokyo Olympics

Postby Justafan22 » Mon Aug 09, 2021 7:53 pm

BayBoy wrote:The women’s water polo team is the single most dominant American national team of the century, for both genders and all sports. The US women’s soccer and rowing teams, while extraordinary, proved to be mortal in Tokyo. ESPN should produce an in-depth documentary on how our polo players do it, year after year (many on this board have contributed to that answer).

Congratulations USA women!



Well one of the reasons they have been so dominant, not to take anything away from what they have done. In the US we are more open to have women practice the same sports as men. In some areas, for example eastern Europe, organized womens WP has not been around as long as here.

In south America, there was no womens soccer for many years. The US women could easily beat any of those teams. The success of the US womens soccer teams of the past (Mia Hamm days) opened up the doors for a lot of women to get into soccer and succeed in other countries, and now they have caught up.

In certain countries in the middle east, women are not even allowed to practice most sports, let alone water sports.

Same with basketball. The US women are studs. There is no such thing as 'playing like a girl" anymore. They play, shoot, dive, pass and hustle like any man. THey also opened the eyes of many young girls in Europe on how 'girls' can and should play ball. They are also closing the gap, and eventually victories will be tougher to come by, which is good. More interesting. Just like US men waterpolo are closing the gap on the Hungarians and the rest of Eastern Europeans and Russians. It will take time, but we will get there. We have the resources, and masses of youth players

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Re: Tokyo Olympics

Postby CPR » Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:18 pm

Ok so the women are the 2nd most dominant team in sports in the 21st century. Still something worth promoting.
The thing is ESPN doesnt make the documentaries on their channel. Film makers make documentaries and distribute them to the various outlets…espn, netflix, history channell, etc, in an effort to sell them and get them aired.

One would think USA water polo would commission a film crew to make a feature length doc about the women’s team and then sell it to espn or the olympic channel, or the like.

Maybe they tried that and no one would buy? Seems unlikely though. The USA women’s water polo team is a great success story that most sports fans would probably enjoy knowing about.
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Re: Tokyo Olympics

Postby ephpolo » Fri Sep 10, 2021 7:58 pm

CPR wrote:Ok so the women are the 2nd most dominant team in sports in the 21st century. Still something worth promoting.
The thing is ESPN doesnt make the documentaries on their channel. Film makers make documentaries and distribute them to the various outlets…espn, netflix, history channell, etc, in an effort to sell them and get them aired.

One would think USA water polo would commission a film crew to make a feature length doc about the women’s team and then sell it to espn or the olympic channel, or the like.

Maybe they tried that and no one would buy? Seems unlikely though. The USA women’s water polo team is a great success story that most sports fans would probably enjoy knowing about.


Loving this idea. I've also got to think Ashleigh Johnson's dominance in goal is a great story to promote to grow water polo in a place that is not a hotbeds but should be (Florida), and among non-California kids in general. Our sport could sure use more geographic and ethnic diversity. I remember a bit of this kind of promotion when Brenda Villa was dominant on the women's team. And I think Brenda is still doing some promotion of polo among communities of color with the Azevedos. More please!

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