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  • 27 Aug
    导出博客文章RIO DE JANEIRO -- Adam Krikorian leaned over for a moment, trying desperately to
    keep his emotions in check. U.S. womens water polo captain Maggie Steffens then
    walked up, put her hand on his back and offered a consoling smile.Steffens and
    company were right behind their grieving coach, all day long.Krikorian returned
    to the pool deck Tuesday for his first game since his brothers sudden death last
    week, and the U.S. made life easy on him with a dominant 11-4 victory over
    Spain.Steffens, Courtney Mathewson and Kiley Neushul scored two goals apiece,
    and Ashleigh Johnson had 11 saves while becoming the first black woman to play
    water polo for the United States in the Olympics.The victory came on the
    four-year anniversary of one of the biggest moments of Krikorians coaching
    career, an 8-5 win for the United States against Spain in the gold-medal match
    in London. But that joy seemed like a long time ago as Krikorian choked back
    tears while describing his unexpected trip home to be with his family.Leaving
    the village was one of the hardest things to do, because you leave your team and
    your family here, he said. Arriving back at home was probably the hardest thing
    to do, just to see the family for the first time, and then leaving again, home,
    where your family is.Blake Krikorian, a Silicon Valley businessman and the
    co-founder of pioneering video streaming device Slingbox, died Wednesday at 48.
    San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the San Francisco Chronicle that
    Krikorian had gone paddle boarding in the San Francisco Bay Area and was found
    lying next to his car in the parking lot. It appears he died of natural
    causes.Adam Krikorian met with his team before practice on Thursday morning, and
    then left for California. He returned in time for practice on Monday
    morning.When he walked on the pool deck we were practicing and the minute we
    saw, like, the top of his head we all just started cheering and waving to him
    and we were just really excited to have him back, Steffens said. We didnt miss a
    beat with him gone, but its always nice to know familys all together and we have
    our family together now and were ready to play.Krikorian, a former coach and
    player at UCLA, grew more emotional when asked about the support of his players.
    The London gold was the first-ever for U.S. womens water polo, and the
    tight-knit team is favored to win again in Rio de Janeiro.Their smiles and their
    love for each other and being here and experiencing it has lifted me up, he
    said.The United States never trailed against Spain, with Neushul scoring the
    first two goals and Johnson taking over from there in a commanding performance
    in her Olympic debut. The Princeton goaltender said she was really nervous
    before the game, but it was hard to tell.I felt good with the defense in front
    of me, she said. I felt like everyone was really stepping up their game and
    playing how we wanted to play and set the tone for the tournament.This is only
    the fifth Olympics for womens water polo, but the significance of breaking the
    color barrier for the U.S. team was not lost on Johnson.I dont really think
    about it a lot, but it feels great to be an example for other black people to
    try the sport and pursue higher levels of the sport, she said.Also Tuesday on
    the first day for womens water polo, Hungary edged China 13-11, Italy beat
    Brazil 9-3 and Australia rolled to a 14-4 victory over Russia. It was Brazils
    Olympic debut in the sport.
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