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Local Olympians to Watch Thursday

Local athletes Graham Biehl and Steffen Peters begin Olympic competition



    Local Olympians to Watch Thursday
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    Layne Beaubien (R) of the US challenges Britain's Rob Parker during their London 2012 Olympic Games men?s water polo preliminary match in London on August 2, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages)

    San Diego's local athletes returned to the Olympics Thursday as competition enters its sixth day.

    In men’s volleyball the Americans have yet to lose a set. Watch live here.

    The team – including locals Rich Lambourne of Tierrasanta, Reid Priddy of Encinitas and Granite Hills HS alum David Lee – beat Germany Tuesday 25-23, 25-16, 25-20.

    Competition quickly escalates for the defending Olympic gold medalists as they face the world's top two teams in succession beginning with Brazil on Thursday.

    WHEN TO WATCH: Brazil vs. U.S. Men’s Volleyball, 2 p.m. PT on NBC 7

    Men's Water Polo beat Great Britain in the Group B preliminary round by a long-shot Thursday morning 13-7. They now have a 3-0 lead in group play. They will play Serbia next.

    The men of Team USA haven't won Olympic gold since 1904 and fell just short four years ago in Beijing, where they took silver.

    Olympic Focus: Steffen Peters

    [DGO] Olympic Focus: Steffen Peters
    Steffen Peters will head to the London 2012 Olympic Games this year to compete in Dressage.
    (Published Monday, July 2, 2012)

    Southern Californians had several players to root for -- including two Coronado natives, Jesse Smith and Layne Beaubien.

    In sailing, Point Loma’s Graham Biehl joined longtime teammate Stu McNay as they race in the Men’s 470 at Weymouth and Portland on the south coast of England.

    Biehl, 25, is the crew and when the race is on, he trims the small jib in front and spinnaker when downwind.

    When the pair competed in Beijing, they placed 13th overall. The San Diego Yacht Club member had his sights on improving those results with a medal win.

    Biehl and McNay unfortunately finished 22nd in the race. Great Britain took the lead Thursday.

    Meanwhile, Coronado resident Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer and her teammates Anna Tunnicliffe and Debbie Capozzi added another win and loss to their round robin results in Women’s Match Racing. They are now 5 wins and 3 losses after defeating New Zealand, and later losing a very close match to Russia.

    After the U.S. field hockey team beat out second-ranked Argentina Tuesday, many were calling the win an upset. Not so for the woman who live and train in San Diego County.

    "I don't think we think about things in terms of upsets anymore," said U.S. goalie Amy Swensen. "It's wins and losses and we're just trying to win as many as we can right now."

    The Americans, who came to London ranked No. 10 in the world, lost to Australia Thursday by one point. Next, the team will play New Zealand, which also beat Australia 1-0 Sunday.

    The U.S. hasn't won Olympic gold in men's water polo since 1904 and fell just short four years ago in Beijing, where they took silver.

    Tuesday’s victory over Romania puts the U.S. even with gold medal-favorite Serbia atop Group B with four points after two matches.

    The U.S. next plays Britain, which lost to Serbia 21-7.

    WHEN TO WATCH: U.S. men’s water polo vs Great Britain 6:00 a.m. PT on MSNBC or 12:20 p.m. PT replay on NBC 7. Click here to watch live.

    The first of two days of team dressage qualifying begins Thursday. Germany will be looking to secure its fifth straight Olympic gold medal.

    Four-time Olympian Steffen Peters of Carmel Valley will be riding Ravel as the team event begins Thursday. He’ll ride in the fourth group in the individual event on Friday.

    "It’s just exciting, even at 50 years old I still feel very fit like I was in my 20's and I feel we're ready to go again," Peters told NBC 7 before leaving for London.

    WHEN TO WATCH: Equestrian Team Dressage 10:30 a.m. PT on MSNBC  

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