Competition starts this week in Auckland, New Zealand
Team USA will name 13 athletes to FINA Intercontinental Tournament roster at a later date
2016 Olympian Kaleigh Gilchrist was on hand to receive the honor on behalf of the team
This article appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of SkipShot Magazine
Adam Krikorian honored at Coach of the Games
Kaleigh Gilchrist shares her earliest Olympic memory, describes her perfect off day and explains where her dream vacation spot is located.
Tallied six goals in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...Dropped four goals in 2016 FINA World League Super Final...Added five goals to help Team USA qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games...Scored six goals to help team to Gold-medal win at 2016 FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Posted two goals during 2015 FINA World Championship, assisting Team USA to Gold...Tallied eight goals during Team USA's win at 2015 Pan American Games...Recorded seven goals for Team USA's run for Gold at 2015 FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Tallied seven goals in helping Team USA to Gold at 2014 FINA World Cup...Scored six goals in Gold-medal effort at 2014 FINA World League Super Final...Led team in scoring with 13 goals on way to Silver at 2014 FINA Intercontinental Tournament.
Attended USC where she won an NCAA Championship in 2013...Named ACWPC All-American second team in 2014.
Gilchrist won CIF Championship with Newport Harbor in 2008...Named to All- CIF first team in 2009 and 2010...Also named Orange County Register Athlete of the Year and Water Polo Player of the Year in 2010...Won U.S. Surfing Championship in 2009 and 2010...Four-year member of USA Surf Team...Honor student...Played club for Newport Harbor.
Lists her CIF water polo and U.S. surfing championships as her most thrilling sports moments... Enjoys surfing and traveling in her free time... Father Sandy was a member of the USC swim team from 1964-68
- 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 1ST PLACE
- 2016 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
- 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT, GOUDA, NETHERLANDS, 1ST PLACE
- 2016 FINA WOMEN'S INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, LEWISVILLE, TX, 1ST PLACE
- 2015 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, KAZAN, RUSSIA, 1ST PLACE
- 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, TORONTO, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
- 2015 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
- 2015 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 1ST PLACE
- 2014 FINA WORLD CUP, KHANTY-MANSIYSK, RUSSIA 1ST PLACE
- 2014 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, KUNSHAN, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
- 2014 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, RIVERSIDE, CA, 2ND PLACE
Favorite Quote: "I'm too positive to be doubtful, Too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey, but my number one guilty pleasure is the Shamrock shake from McDonalds
Favorite Chain restaurant: In-N-Out
Favorite Reality TV Show: Not a fan of Reality TV. Strictly Friday Night Lights, Scandal and Grey's Anatomy.
If You Had To Make An Ipod Playlist Named After Yourself, What Would It Be?: #Surfforeverworkwhenever
And What Would Be The First Song?: "Stolen Dance (LE P Remix)" Milky Chance
Where Do You See Yourself 10 Years From Now?:
Happily Married in Newport Beach with a newborn baby.Already won a few World Surfing Championships and have one or maybe two Olympic Gold Medals :)
If You Couldn't Play Water Polo, What Sport Would You Play?": Surfing
Role Model: Mike Krzyzewski, John Wooden and Pete Carroll
Athletic Inspiration: Kobe Bryant for his dedication, passion, and love for big moments. Kelly Slater for being arguably the most dominant athlete ever, and most importantly, my Dad.
Etc: Thank you to the sport of water polo for giving me such an amazing opportunity. Thanks to all my past and present teammates and coaches. You all have pushed me to become a better water polo player and a better person every single day. And, of course, thanks to my amazing family for their end- less love and support throughout the years.
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