Athlete: Maica Garcia Team: Spain National Team Sport: Water Polo Competition: 2009 World Aquatics Championships Opponent: Heather Petri, US National Team Result: L, 9-6 Location: Foro Italico - Rome, Lazio, Italy Date: 27-Jul-2009
Mix swimming and basketball with soccer. Toss in some wrestling for good measure. And you have a pretty good description of the exciting, fast-paced sport of water polo.
The U.S. women’s water polo team is ranked number one in the world, and is considered the favorite to bring home the gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
Since women’s water polo became an Olympic sport in 2000, the U.S. women have medaled every time, and they won their first gold in London four years ago.
The intense physicality of play “definitely makes for a really good sport to watch,” says center Kami Craig, 29. “It’s pretty exciting, watching people climb all over each other in the pool, and how we’re staying above water and keeping afloat, and then getting up big, taking shots.”
The Archivist of the United Stated presented two facsimile documents to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales this afternoon. Prince Charles stopped by to see our original copy of the 1297 Magna Carta while attending a conference in our building on the 800th anniversary of this document.
At the National Archives, we sometimes give facsimiles of documents to special visitors, whether it’s the Prince of Wales or design maven Tim Gunn. In our vast holdings, we often find directly relating to them, or about them.
This 1957 telegram is in reference to the engine specifications of an American-built “midget car” for the 8-year-old prince. Staff were “anxious [to] get car ready before Prince Charles returns from school,” and although they had the car running, they needed to know what kind of gas should go in the engine!
Since we hold the records of the Patent and Trademark Office, we also presented him with a facsimile of a patent application. This patent for a polo stick was filed by his uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten on August 6, 1931.