Jul 20, 2012 11:23 PM by Bill Halter
Central Coast native Kami Craig is in the prime of her water polo career and entering her second Olympics is determined to lead Team USA to it's first ever Gold Medal. Craig, who grew up in Santa Ynez before moving to Santa Barbara when she was 16 years old is considered one of the best centers in the world.
"She draws so much attention. Whether she's getting her goals or drawing power plays and ejections for our offense or even freeing up our outside shooters. She does all those things" says head coach Adam Krikorian.
Craig was twice named college player of the year while at USC. She helped Santa Barbara High School to CIF Championships as a junior and senior. As a 21 year old at the Beijing games in 2008, Craig was the youngest player on the team. She scored four goals as Team USA earned a silver medal.
Craig and the other members of Team USA lived and trained together in Los Alamitos for a year and a half before leaving for London on July 17. "I'm excited to get over to London and put all the hard work we've done here to the test and see how it goes" says Craig.
Team USA will open play on July 30 against Hungary.
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