Trojan J.W. Krumpholz Bound For Beijing

Already a two-time All-American with plenty of collegiate water polo left to play, USC junior-to-be J.W. Krumpholz has solidified his place on an elite list of Trojan Olympians, named Monday to the U.S. Men's Water Polo Olympic team by head coach Terry Schroeder.

Already a two-time All-American with plenty of collegiate water polo left to play, USC junior-to-be J.W. Krumpholz has solidified his place on an elite list of Trojan Olympians, named Monday to the U.S. Men's Water Polo Olympic team by head coach Terry Schroeder. The youngest player named to Team USA for its 2008 campaign at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Krumpholz becomes the 27th men's water polo Olympian out of USC. The last Trojan to play for the United States in the Olympics was Robert Lynn, a 2000 Olympian who is now serving as an assistant coach with U.S. men.

"It's amazing for me. This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time. I was really nervous before and I let out a big sigh of relief when they announced the team," Krumpholz said. "It's an opportunity to learn from a lot of the older guys, and that's really helped me in these past few months. We've definitely played some big games that have given us hope and a light at the end of the tunnel to get us back on the podium where we belong."

A relative newcomer to the U.S. senior national team, Krumpholz (Santa Ana, Calif.) does have some strong credentials with Team USA as a member of the squad at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal and with the Junior National Team at the 2007 Junior World Championships. Having joined the team in full-time training after helping lead the Trojans to the NCAA final this past season, Krumpholz has progressively improved his standing on the team and proven himself a deserving member of the U.S. Olympic Team roster. A fiery center, Krumpholz brings youth and a strong work ethic to his role as a 2-meter man. At USC, Krumpholz has scored 58 goals in his two seasons at Troy. He will return to his USC team following the Olympic Games, set to join the Trojans for the 2008 season as a junior.

"I hope I represent them well," Krumpholz said. "At USC we strive for excellence, and hopefully I'll bring back a gold medal to school."

For the USA men, it has been 20 years since the team has medaled in the Olympic Games. Team USA is currently ranked No. 9 in the world, but has had some impressive recent performances against top teams from Croatia and Hungary, and took silver at the 2008 FINA World League Super Final. Krumpholz was in the pool throughout that stretch, helping to secure his place on the U.S. Olympic Team.

"J.W. earned his spot because he never gave up," Schroeder said of his decision to include Krumpholz on his list for Beijing. "I believe 100 percent that we can win a medal ... I think this could be one of the best teams the USA has ever put in the water."

Although the only Trojan on the U.S. men's roster, Krumpholz will have some familiar faces nearby in Beijing, as five current and former members of the USC women's water polo team have been named to the U.S. women's Olympic roster. After taking a season off to train with the U.S. women, Kami Craig will join Krumpholz in returning to Troy after Beijing as juniors with their Trojan teams.

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