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GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29: Jesse Smith of the USA celebrates after scoring their fourth during the Men's Water Polo Gold Medal match between the USA and Canada at The Scotiabank Aquatics Center on October 29, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Olympic competition Sunday includes the first match for the U.S. Men’s Water Polo Team and with it several local Olympians. Many water polo fans are wondering – will this be the year the team wins the gold?
The men’s team finished with silver in Beijing and goalkeeper Merrill Moses told NBC’s Today Show the second-place finish was a real disappointment.
“It’s hard to accept that you just lost your last game,” Moses said. “You did something spectacular but you really lost the gold, you won the silver. It took a couple of months to really grasp that.”
Moses will be joined by veteran Jesse Smith, who joined the team while still a senior at Coronado High School in 2001. Smith scored six goals at the 2011 Pan American Games which helped Team USA to a gold medal and secured its Olympic berth.
Layne Beaubien, one of the sport's top center defenders, is also a Coronado HS graduate who will be going for gold in London.
For the first time in history, all of the U.S. Field Hockey's scheduled matches will be shown live on the NBC network.
Ranked 10th in the world and second-to-last in their Olympic pool, simply making it to the semifinals would be considered a success for the Americans.
The team includes Keli Smith-Puzo, Rachel Dawson, Caroline Nichols, Katelyn Falgowski and Kayla Bashore who all lived and trained in Chula Vista prior to London.
Women’s Elliot 6m racing is a new feature of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the only boat class to face off in head-to-head competition.
On Sunday, the U.S. team ended the round robin preliminary races 1-1 with a win over Denmark and a loss to Spain. See results here
The American team of Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi, and Coronado's Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer should be strong gold medal contenders, but could face tough competition from a strong British team.
U.S. Men’s Volleyball captured its first Olympic goal in 20 years in the 2008 Beijing Games, overcoming the tragedy of coach Hugh McCutcheon's father-in-law's death early in the games.
Now coached by Alan Knipe, the team hopes to repeat its golden performance.
Locals will want to check out the team’s first match against Serbia beginning at 8:45 a.m PT to see David Lee, of Alpine, Reid Priddy, of Encinitas, and Rich Lambourne, of Tierrasanta.
The women's archery team failed to advance beyond the quarterfinals Sunday, losing to China, final score 218 to 213. See results here