Rio Olympics 2016: U.S. women's water polo wins second straight Olympic gold

For the second straight Olympics the U.S. women's water polo team has claimed the gold medal.

The women dominated Italy on Friday in the gold medal match with a 12-5 victory to make it back-to-back gold medals.

It was a tremendous performance by the goalies that helped the U.S. pull away from Italy. The American goalkeepers stopped 11-of-16 Italian shots that made it to goal -- Ashleigh Johnson stopped 9-of-13 and Sami Hill stopped 2-of-3 shots faced. On offense, Kiley Neushul led the way for the Americans with three goals on four shots as the U.S. rolled up 12 goals on Italy.

The U.S. team is the first women's team to win back-to-back gold medals, as women's water polo has never had a two-time gold medalist since it was introduced as a sport at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Plus, it was a reason to throw their coach in the pool.

The U.S. women have medaled in all five Olympic water polo competitions -- the only nation to do so -- and have dominated the past two Olympic competitions, going 11-0-1 since the start of the London Games.

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