Posted: Aug 9, 2012 4:01 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Aug 9, 2012 4:01 PM
Central Coast Olympian Kami Craig and the US women's water polo team won an historic Olympic gold medal on Thurday. The Americans beat Spain 8-5 in the gold medal game.
Craig, who grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley and graduated from Santa Barbara High, assisted Maggie Steffens on the first goal of the game for the Americans. It was tied 1-1 after the first quarter. Spain took an early 2-1 lead, before the US scored four in a row to build a 5-2 halftime lead.
The 19 year old Steffens continued her break-out Olympic run with 5 goals for Team USA. She finished with 21 in the tournament.
The Americans built an 8-2 lead early in the fourth quarter and held on for the victory. They blew a 9-6 fourth quarter lead in the preliminary round to Spain and settled for a 9-9 draw.
The US is the only country to medal in every Olympics since women's water polo was introduced in 2000. The Americans had two silvers and one bronze medal headed into London.
Craig took one shot in the gold medal game, but hit the post. The 25 year old finished with 6 goals in London.
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