The first week of the Olympics has passed and there have been some amazing displays of athleticism, heart and talent. Michael Phelps broke the world record and is the Olympiad with the most medals, Usain Bolt defeated his own world record and US rookie water polo player Maggie Steffens, scored 4 game-winning goals against Australia during overtime and for the first time, the US Women’s Water Polo team will be going for the gold.
Maggie Steffens was born in San Ramon, CA and currently resides in Danville, CA. While at Monte Vista High School, Steffens led her team to 3 championships, and the Monte Vista team was undefeated during 2008. Steffens also won MVP In 2010, Rookie of the Year in 2007, and Water Polo Player of the Year in 2009. A promising talent from a family of athletes, her sister Jessica Steffens is also on the US Olympic Water Polo Team and Stanford attendee, the Bay Area native received incredible praise after her game-winning and history changing performance during the match. The young athlete deferred her attendance at Stanford University in order to train with the national team and compete in the Olympic Games. After the world witnessed her strong and powerful performances, it is an understatement to say that she is going to be a valuable asset to the Stanford team.
Here in San Francisco, members of the Steffens family chose the Royal as their viewing destination for the Olympics and during the heated match, fists were in the air and hugs exchanged in excitement as Maggie scored goal after goal, after goal.
“That’s my cousin!” Annie Loughlin told members of the Royal staff as she cheered with her group. Glasses clinked in cheers throughout the restaurant and the group clapped excitedly as the US team won the match.
A sense of pride swept over the Royal as we watched Cal and Stanford alum and current students represent our country with innumerable determination and force, an example of strength, athleticism and patriotism that is incomparable. These athletes are inspiration to us all, and here at the Royal, we’re proud to say that one of those athletes is Bay Area bred. Congratulations Maggie and the rest of the US Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team! Go for the gold!