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Team USA Water Polo Honors Santa Barbara's Kami Craig

Craig caps Olympic career at SB High School

Team USA Water Polo Honors Santa Barbaras Kami Craig

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Team USA Water Polo's Kami Craig celebrated the end of her Olympic career where it more or less began--at Santa Barbara High School.

Craig returned to her alma mater to play one last game with Team USA Water Polo as it played Australia in a friendly match. She was honored during a halftime ceremony, where she received a plaque and a bouquet of flowers. 

"It means everything to be back here with the community that kind of set the path to where I was going to go," Craig said. "And just be surrounded by so many familiar faces and so much love and support. I couldn't ask for anything more, really. It's the best."

Craig officially retired from Team USA last year but jumped in the pool and played for a few minutes during the first quarter.

After graduating from Santa Barbara High School, Craig went on to win a National Championship at USC and compete in three Olympic Games with Team USA. She won a silver medal with the team in 2008 and gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

Craig took the time to thank everyone who helped her during her water polo career.

"Thank you for everyone who's been along this journey with me and allowed me to do the things that I've been able to accomplish," Craig said. "I couldn't have done it without the support of everyone. Just a lot of love, a lot of good vibes. Happy to be ending my career this way."

Other Santa Barbara-area natives Paige Hauschild, Jamie Neushul and her sisters Kiley and Ryann are also members of Team USA. The Americans--currently ranked number one in the world--beat Australia 14-3 on Sunday.


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