Our Water Polo Olympic sport card is making a splash.
Open the card to see a player attempt to rocket the ball past the goalie and score.
- Get soaked, stay stoked!
- Dominate or drown.
- Don’t tread on me.
- It’s not as easy as it looks.
- This is where the action is.
- My heart is in the pool.
- If you can’t play nice, play polo.
- What happens underwater, stays underwater.
Is Water Polo the toughest Olympic sport?
Water polo is the most physically strenuous Olympic sport. It often tops lists of most difficult sports. The Bleacher Report declared it to be “the toughest sport in the world” based on six parameters: strength, endurance, speed, agility, skill, and physicality.
“It’s a two-week tournament, not one game,” says 38-year-old goalkeeper Merrill Moses, who competed at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. “You have to be at your best for the whole two weeks. You have to give everything to prepare and put yourself in the best possible situation. It’s the biggest stage in sports and you train for four years for those two weeks.”
How do you play?
Water polo is a competitive team sport played in water between two teams of seven players each, six field players and a goalie.
Polo players describe the sport as soccer or basketball in the water.
The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into the opposing team’s goal.
The game is typically played in an all-deep pool so that players cannot touch the bottom. Players use a specialized kicking motion known as the egg beater kick. The kick keeps themselves out of the water enough to pass and shoot the ball.
Field players must pass, catch, and shoot with only 1 hand. Goalies may use 2 hands.
The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins the match.
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