The fourth time’s the charm for Brenda Villa, who finally has that coveted Olympic gold medal…
Competing in the final game of her career, the 32-year-old Mexican American water polo star helped lead the American women’s water polo team to an 8-5 win over Spain at the 2012 Olympic Games to claim its first gold medal.
”I am speechless. It still hasn’t sunk in,” said Villa, the team captain. ”I can’t describe it. It’s the end of a journey, and I got my fairy-tale ending.”
Villa scored one goal in the victory over Spain at the London Games, capping off a career that already includes two silver medals and one bronze.
The U.S. started the game off slow, scoring one goal late in the first quarter off a Maggie Steffens shot, tying the game at one apiece.
Steffens helped put the Americans ahead for good after scoring two goals and an assist in the second quarter.
The U.S. went into halftime with a 5-2 lead; and coming out of the break they didn’t relent.
Just over a minute into the third, Steffens scored once again and Villa followed up with her lone goal of the game.
Up 8-2 in the fourth quarter with a little over five minutes remaining, Spain tried to mount a comeback, scoring three unanswered goals.
But it was too little, too late and as the clock expired the American players and coaches jumped into the pool to celebrate the team’s historic victory.
On its journey to the gold medal the U.S. squad went undefeated. A tie with Spain in the preliminary round was its only blemish.
It’s the country’s first Olympic water polo title since 1904, when they won the men’s event.