Tokyo 2020: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Olympic Games (August 7)
Even with the Olympics coming to a close, the Pac-12 Conference continues to nudge Team USA back onto the medals podium.
The U.S. women’s water polo team dominated Spain with a 14-5 victory in the gold medal game.
“We just came out on fire today,” Kaleigh Gilchrist (USC) said. “You could tell from the minute that we started that we weren’t going to give up and we gave it our all.”
This is the team’s third straight Olympic gold medal.
“You dream of this moment,” Gilchrist said “You never know how it’s going to happen. For it to happen this way is something special.”
» In track and field, the women’s 4x400-meter relay team added another gold to the U.S. count, coming in at a time of 3:16.85. Dalilah Muhammad (USC) helped the team gain yet another medal, as did Kendall Ellis (USC), and also helped teammate Allyson Felix become the most decorated athlete in U.S. track and field. Felix's 11th career Olympic medal broke a tie with Carl Lewis for the U.S. record.
» The men’s 4x400m relay is also coming home with a gold medal. The team ran a time of 2:55.70. Michael Norman (USC) and Rai Benjamin (USC) represented the Pac-12 and helped the men’s track team gain its second medal of the Games.
Looking Ahead: The U.S. indoor women's volleyball team faces Brazil in the gold medal match at 9:30 p.m. (PDT) today. Watch for Pac 12 aluma Foluke Akinradewo (STANFORD).
Quote of the Day: “I know there’s a lot more in life than sports. It’s just icing on the cake to be able to do what you love and have the opportunity to play for a gold medal.” - Kaleigh Gilchrist (USC)
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.