The distance to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing is distant on the map, but the time to the Aug. 8 opening is near on the calendar.
In San Diego, though, we got a chance to get close to the Olympics with the USA Olympic Women’s Water Polo team facing Australia Sunday before a full house of 600-plus fans at La Jolla High’s Coggan Family Aquatic Complex. It wasn’t a bad way to spend the day, especially if you have a daughter who likes sports.
The U.S. lost to Australia 12-11 in Sunday’s match that was the second of four that will be played within a week between two of the world’s top-ranked teams. The loss followed a 13-12 win on Friday at Los Alamitos.
The teams play again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Coronado High’s Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex and Thursday in a match at Stanford that will be broadcast on MSNBC.
“These are always great matches when we play Australia,” said Moriah van Norman, a 5-foot-10 center from San Diego that scored two goals.
“We’re two of the best teams in the world. The play is always physical and it’s only going to make us better.”