American water polo player M. Steffens was born on June 4, 1993. At the 2012, 2016, and 2020 Summer Olympics, she helped the United States win gold through their combined efforts.
M. Steffens scored more goals than any other woman in the history of Olympic women’s water polo at the upcoming 2020 Summer Games.
M. Steffens was a member of the Monte Vista High School water polo team that won league titles in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In Alamo, California, she also competed for the Diablo Water Polo team.
M. Steffens Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Friday’s four goals by M. Steffens gave her 49 for her Olympic career, an all-time record. It was the first Olympic loss for the U.S. women’s water polo team in 13 years. But an 18-5 thrashing of Russia helped them get back on track. Before the game, M. Steffens needed three goals.
On a counterattack at 5:32 of the third quarter, she scored the game-winning goal. During her career, the two-time gold winner scored more than the 47 points achieved by Tania Di Mario of Italy, who competed in four Games between 2004 and 2016.
The United States women’s water polo team defeated Spain 14–5 to claim the Olympic title in Tokyo, making M. Steffens the first athlete in Olympic history to win three gold medals. M. Steffens now 28 years old, is a seasoned pro on the international scene, having participated in the team’s gold medal victories in both London and Rio.
Even if her loved ones weren’t able to join her in Japan for the Olympic Games, they know what it’s like to be spectators (and her sister even knows what it’s like to be a participant). M. Steffens older sister, also played water polo for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics, which were held in London. Now 34 years old, Jessica won silver with her team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
To begin her international career, she competed in the 2009 FINA Junior Women’s World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, and placed third. At the age of 16, M. Steffens made her professional debut at the 2009 Holiday Cup, held in Newport Beach, California, from December 9-13.