At the age of 18, Maggie Steffens is the youngest member of the U.S. women’s water polo team and will be competing this summer at the London Olympics. For Maggie, water polo is a family affair. Not only is her sister Jessica a member of the team, most of her uncles and cousins play as well.
Maggie has 45 cousins (her mom has 12 siblings) on one side of the family, all of whom plan on going to London to watch the games, she tells us. Most of her cousins are successful athletes themselves. Maggie, a top scorer, helped the U.S. win gold at the 2011 Pan American Games by making six goals.
Hailing from California, Maggie plans to return to her home state to attend Stanford University in the fall. She deferred a year to train with the National Team.
On the weekends, Maggie lives at the boardwalk/beach, however; she stays out of the water when she’s not playing. She likes playing beach volleyball, but shares with our producers that she doesn’t think she’s that good.
We’re very excited to see her compete for the U.S. this summer at the Olympics. Here are some little-known facts about Maggie that we found out from USAWaterPolo.org.
- Maggie’s favorite food is steak and mud pie.
- She enjoys cooking and farmer’s markets, but that doesn’t stop her from ordering in with the team, she shared with us.
- Her favorite movie is "Bridesmaids."
- One of Maggie’s favorite songs include “Anything” by Michael Jackson.
- Her personal theme song is “Lift Off” by Beyonce/Jay-Z.
- One special power Maggie wishes she had is the power to fly.
- Maggie told our producers: If she weren’t playing water polo, she would be playing soccer, however; she secretly wishes to be a beach volleyball player.
Catch Maggie on "1st Look" this Saturday after Saturday NIght Live on NBC. For more Olympic coverage, visit NBCOlympics.com.