Friday, August 22, 2008

Go Jeff!!!!!

Jeff was in the afterschool daycare program my mom ran, C.A.R.E. Club. We hope he continues to do great!!!!

SLO's Jeff Powers helps U.S. men's water polo team reach gold-medal game

San Luis Obispo’s Jeff Powers (black cap) tries to steal the ball against Croatia in a 7-5 U. S. win on Saturday.

Previous story: Powers, U.S. men ready for medal round in water polo (Aug. 21)
San Luis Obispo's Jeff Powers is the only athlete with local ties still competing in the Beijing Olympics after he helped the men's water polo team qualify for the gold-medal game.

The team, ranked ninth in the world before the Beijing Olympics, beat Serbia 10-5.

It's the first time in 20 years the U.S. men's water polo team has qualified for the Olympic gold-medal game.

The Americans will play two-time defending gold medalist Hungary in Sunday's final.

Serbia and Montenegro, which won a silver medal four years ago as a unified country, will fight for bronze.

Powers was one of three American players who scored a goal in the fourth quarter.

The United States hasn't earned a medal in men's water polo since bringing home silver in 1988 in Seoul.


EVENT: Men’s water polo, defender

LOCAL TIES: San Luis Obispo High School graduate and San Luis Obispo resident

THE BUZZ: Played collegiate water polo at UC Irvine … Considered one of the U. S. team’s top offensive threats … Played on the U. S. team in 2004 Olympics that placed seventh … Played on U. S. teams in the 2005 and 2007 FINA World Championships …

Played a key role on the 2007 Pan-American Games gold medal winning team…Has played professionally in Greece and Italy.

COMPETITION DATES: Aug. 10, 12, 13, 16, 18. Classification matches begin Aug. 20. Gold medal, bronze medal and fifth-place matches are Aug. 24.

MEDAL CHANCES (predicted before start of the Olympics): Long shot. The U. S. team enters the Olympics ranked ninth in the world. Croatia, Hungary and Spain are the top ranked teams, followed by Serbia, Greece and Italy.

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