Danville's Maggie Steffens traveled to Beijing in 2008 to watch big sister Jessica play in the Olympics. And she could only cheer on the U.S. water polo team as the Americans lost in the gold-medal match.
This time, Steffens was in the water. And she made sure that history wasn't repeated.
Water polo's newest star, Maggie Steffens scored five goals to help give the U.S. its first-ever gold medal as the Americans cruised to an 8-5 victory over Spain on Thursday.
"I am speechless. It still hasn't sunk in," U.S. captain Brenda Villa said. "I can't describe it. It's the end of a journey, and I got my fairy-tale ending."
The U.S. has long been a power in women's water polo. But the Americans had never translated their success at other major competitions to the Olympics, taking bronze in 2004 and silver in 2000 and 2008.
It was a veteran team that came to London with high expectations. The team is loaded with Bay Area connections. Coach Adam Krikorian is a Mountain View native. And seven players are from the area, including team mainstays Villa of Stanford and Heather Petri of Cal -- who both were competing in their fourth and final Games.
But it was a teenager who led them.
Steffens, 19, who will be attending Stanford in the fall, led all scorers at the Olympics with 21 goals in six games.
"I've looked up to Brenda and Peti, and I was at the 2008 games and I felt that passion of the loss," she said. "I wanted
Diving: No sweet music for Brittany Viola. The daughter of former major league baseball pitcher Frank Viola missed out on the 10-meter platform diving final at the London Olympics.
Viola finished 15th in the semifinals with 300.50 points. Her teammate, Katie Bell, also failed to advance in 16th with 296.80.
Later in the final, Chen Ruolin of China easily defended her title from Beijing. Chen totaled 422.30 points during the five-dive final. Brittany Broben of Australia took the silver at 366.50. Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia earned the bronze at 359.20 for her country's first Olympic medal in diving.
Nicknamed "Sweet Music," Frank Viola helped the Minnesota Twins win their first World Series title in 1987, pitching them to a 4-2 victory in Game 7. He was named Series MVP, and the next season won the AL Cy Young Award.
Soccer: Diana Matheson scored in injury time to give Canada the Olympic bronze medal in women's soccer with a 1-0 victory over France.
"It feels amazing," Matheson said. "We felt as a group that we were going to earn this and we did, in the last minute."
It is Canada's first Summer Games medal in a traditional team sport since the 1936 Berlin Games, when the men's basketball team won silver.
Cycling: The Belgian Olympic Committee says it has told cyclist Gijs van Hoecke to leave the Olympics after photos appeared of him looking drunk and unable to walk while leaving a London nightclub. Van Hoecke, 20, told Belgium's VRT radio and television network that he regretted what happened, but he was just "letting off some steam" after two years of hard work.
Still, he said "it would have been better if I had not done that here ... in London."
With the eight-year deadline approaching, the official told The Associated Press the IOC executive board will meet Friday to readjust the standings from the road race time trial and award the gold to retired Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov.
Boxing: The president of amateur boxing's governing body expects to replace the sport's computerized scoring system with the traditional professional judging system before the 2016 Rio Olympics. Wu Ching-Kuo told The Associated Press it's all part of his plan for Olympic boxing to look more like the pro game.