Brooke Plays Polo with the U.S. Olympic Team
By ROBERT PACE
June 19, 2012
As the U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo team gears up for the Olympic Games in London this summer, The Insider's Brooke Anderson caught up with some of the players on the team to hear their thoughts on their prospects for a gold medal, and then had the unique chance to get in the pool and do some drills with them.
"It's, first of all, our dream," said the team's center, John Mann, of winning the gold medal this year in London. "It's the highest honor you can get in sports, so it'd mean the world."
While dreams of being on the Olympic team and winning the gold medal are longtime goals for all of the players, it requires sacrifice in order to achieve goal.
"I think a lot of people think Olympians are very well-off—a few of them are—but most of us...struggle through life in some ways to just accomplish our dream," Mann said, adding that he and his teammates play professionally in Europe in order to make a living when they aren't competing for the Olympics.
Their love for water polo and their determination to bring a gold medal back to the United States keeps Mann and his teammates motivated as they endure intense training sessions that can last over 10 hours per day.
"With water polo, it's about being in the best condition, [having] the strongest legs [and] the strongest shot, as well as playing together," said attacker Shea Buckner. "[Training] is a necessary evil...You gotta put in the time if you want to be the best in the world."
As goalkeeper Merril Moses put it, it's all about the common goal of winning a gold medal at the end of the day.
"We're playing to bring home a goal medal for our country. We're not playing for the money," he said. "We're playing for a higher thing--which is playing for our country, bringing home that gold medal."
After catching up with the players, Brooke jumped in the pool with the guys for a few drill demonstrations. See her in action yourself in the video above as she impresses the fellas with her athletic ability.
Make sure to follow the U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo team on their journey to win a goal medal in London this summer.