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The American pair of beach volleyball April Ross (USC) and Alix klineman (STANFORD), also known as âTeam Aâ, arrived at this year’s Olympics with a bullet on their shoulder. And it showed.
âIt was such a hit in the dark,â Ross told CBS. âThat we come here and do that, with this kind of competition, amazes me. Getting a gold medal is so amazing after all. “
The duo dominated the championship game, sweeping Australia in the final 21-15, 21-16 and giving the American team their fourth gold in the event. The United States now has more gold medals in women’s beach volleyball than all other countries combined.
The pair have gone undefeated at the Games, losing just one set in the seven games they’ve won.
Even though this was Ross’ third Olympics, she had never won a gold medal before. She won bronze with Kerri Walsh Jennings (STANFORD) in Rio and money with Jennifer kessy (USC) in London, and was aiming for the award this year with partner Klineman, who switched from indoor to sand after failing to make the Olympic indoor squad in 2016.
âI still don’t know if I really expected this to come true,â Klineman told CBS. “It sounds like a fairy tale.”
Ross is now the oldest player to win gold in this event at 39.
The US men’s water polo team took fifth place after beating Italy. Ten of the 13 team members are current or former athletes from Pac-12 schools, including CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, UCLA and USC.
The US women’s volleyball team swept through Serbia on Thursday night to advance to the gold medal game on Saturday night. Foluke Akinradewo (STANFORD) could be a member of the first U.S. women’s team to win a gold medal in Olympic Games history.
” Jenna prandini (OREGON) helped the US women’s 4×100 relay team to silver. duck companion Gardner English also won a medal after competing in the preliminaries for the United States team.
Looking forward: The United States men’s basketball team will play in the gold medal game on Friday at 7 p.m. PT. The team presents Zach LaVine (UCLA) and Jrue Holidays (UCLA).
Quote of the day: âThis is what we have worked for every day. But just because you work for it and just because you do everything you can doesn’t mean it happens. So the fact that everything falls into place, it’s so magical. Â»ââ Alix klineman (STANFORD), from USA TODAY
Erin Slinde is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a collaboration between the Pac-12 conference and ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
NEXT MEDAL OPPORTUNITIES
Friday August 6
Athletics: Women’s Marathon Final – 2 p.m. PT
- Canada: Malindi Elmore (STAN)
Golf: Women’s Stroke Round 4 – 2:30 p.m. PT
- Colombia: Mariajo Uribe (UCLA)
- Germany: Sophia Popov (USC)
- Hong Kong: Tiffany Chan (USC)
- Italy: Giulia Molinaro (ASU)
- Philippines: Bianca Pagdanganan (ARIZ)
- Spain: Carlota Ciganda (ASU), Azahara Munoz (ASU)
- Sweden: Anna Nordqvist (ASU)
- Swiss: Albane Valenzuela (STAN)
- Thailand: Patty Tavatanakit (UCLA)
Basketball (M): United States vs France – 7:30 p.m. PT (** Gold medal **)
- UNITED STATES: Jrue Holiday (UCLA), Zach LaVine (UCLA)
Water Polo (F): Hungary v ROC – 9:40 p.m. PT (** Bronze medal **)
- Hungary: Anna Illes (CAL)
Diving: Men’s 10m platform final – 11 p.m. PT
- Porto Rico: Rafael Quintero (ARIZ)
saturday 7 august
Basketball (F): Serbia v France – 00 h 00 (** Bronze medal **)
- Serbia: Angela Dugalic (UCLA)
Water Polo (F): United States vs Spain – 00:30 PT (** Gold medal **)
- UNITED STATES: Rachel Fattal (UCLA), Makenzie Fischer (STAN), Aria Fischer (STAN), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USC), Stephania Haralabidis (USC), Paige Hauschild (USC), Amanda Longan (USC), Maddie Musselman (UCLA), Jamie Neushul (STAN), Melissa Seidemann (STAN), Maggie Steffens (STAN), Alys Williams (UCLA)
- Spain: Anni Espar (USC), Roser Tarrago (CAL)
Cycling: Men’s Madison Final – 12:55 am PT
- UNITED STATES: Adrian Hegyvary (WASH)
Equestrian Sports: Show Jumping Team Final – 3:00 a.m. PT
- Egypt: Nayel Nassar (STAN)
Baseball: United States vs. Japan – 3:00 a.m. (** Gold Medal **)
- UNITED STATES: Eric Filia (UCLA), Scott McGough (ORE)
Basketball (M): Australia v Slovenia – 4:00 a.m. (** Bronze medal **)
- Australia: Aron Baynes (WSU), Josh Green (ARIZ), Matisse Thybulle (WASH)
Athletics: Men’s 1500m Final – 4:40 HP
Athletics: Women’s 4x400m Relay Final – 5:30 a.m. PT