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Paul Ramaley, Head Coach, Chelsea Piers Water Polo: What Went Wrong?

Editor's Note: Following is one in a series of articles and interviews about the situation with the Chelsea Piers age group water polo club. For the past eight years the club had been under the Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) umbrella until the program was cut two weeks ago, a victim of the coronav...

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After Months Indoors Suburban Pool Time Beckons Brooklyn Kids

“It was amazing getting back in the water,” said Nate Schulhoff, who confessed it felt like forever since he was last able to swim. For 11-year-old Sabrina Kazemi, along with her friend Naila Noble, the chance to jump into a pool—even in the midst of a pandemic—was simply too good to pass up. “It wa...

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Passages: Aleksandr Kabanov, Russian Olympian as Player and Coach, 72

Aleksandr Kabanov, who struck Olympic gold in 1972 and 1980 as a player for the Soviet Union men’s water polo team and a pair of bronze medals as coach—in 1988 as an assistant with the USSR in the Seoul Olympics, then as head coach for Russia in the 2004 Athens Games—passed away Wednesday at the age...

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Remembrances of Tibor Benedek: Water Polo Great Taken Too Soon

A. E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young” is an English 101 staple. Employing a simple rhyming scheme, anyone can easily follow Housman’s poetical path, culminating in a four-stanza punch line: Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honors out, Runners whom renown outran And the n...

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Statement from Pro Recco on Ratko Rudic's Retirement From Water Polo

Editor's Note: Following an illustrious career in international water polo, Ratko Rudic—the only man in history to coach four Olympic gold water polo medalists—has officially retired from the sport. In a statement translated from Italian, Pro Recco President Maurizio Felugo and Biancocelesti legend ...

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Damon Newman of American Water Polo: Looking To a Brighter Future

As fallout from the coronavirus outbreak stretches from days to weeks, the desire for what comes next—when it's again safe to congregate—is that much stronger. That includes water polo; all play is suspended and major tournaments like the national Junior Olympics, the world's biggest youth water pol...