Brenda Villa

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Brenda Villa (born April 18, 1980) is an American water polo player and coach.

Childhood and family[change | change source]

Brenda Villa is a three time Olympic medalist in Water Polo. She was born in Commerce, California. She started playing Water Polo at age 8 at the Commerce Aquatorium. She was inspired to take up Water Polo by her brother Edgar. Edgar pushed her to become stronger and better. She was always looking for his approval. Another challenge was that she was playing against older kids who were mostly boys. There were not enough girls to make a team.[1]

Education[change | change source]

Villa graduated from high school in 1998. She earned a college scholarship to Stanford for her skills in Water Polo. She was named the top collegiate player on the Stanford Women’s Water Polo team. Villa is famous for her accomplishments in Water Polo which have earned her several Olympic medals.[1]

Professional life[change | change source]

Brenda started playing for the US National Team in 1998. She helped them qualify for the Olympics. She and her teammates appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, and NBC. In 2003, her team won the World Championship in Water Polo. Villa was also a big part in the Pan Am championships. Right now, she is working as the Water Polo Coach at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California, USA. Villa is possibly going to be recognized in the Olympic Hall of Fame. [1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Randazzo, Micheal (July 20, 2018). "On The Record with Brenda Villa, USA Water Polo Hall of Famer". Swimming World. Retrieved March 12, 2020.