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Kiley
Neushul
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 March 1993
Height
173 cm
Residence
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Communications - Stanford University: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at age seven.
Why this sport?
Her mother was a water polo coach and taught her how to play the sport.
Club / Team
New York Athletic Club: United States
Name of coach
Adam Krikorian [national], USA
Training Regime
She trains daily with the US national team in Los Alamitos, CA, United States of America.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver
Handedness
Right

General Interest

Hobbies
Surfing, yoga, travelling, reading, music, hiking. (nbcolympics.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (noozhawk.com, 29 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (usawaterpolo.org, 21 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol
Her mother, US water polo coach Cathy Neushul. (usawaterpolo.org, 21 Dec 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before a match she likes to pack her bag meticulously, listen to music and hang out with her teammates. (usawaterpolo.org, 21 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The best thing about water polo is that it is an extremely challenging sport and it requires a lot of time. It is something that you must fall in love with to be able to play at a high level." (usawaterpolo.org, 21 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the Most Valuable Player of the gold medal match at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (usawaterpolo.org, 28 Jul 2017)

She received the Peter J. Cutino Award in 2012 and 2015. The award is given annually to the best male and female water polo player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] in the United States of America. (paloaltoonline.com, 07 Jun 2015)

In 2012 she was named Player of the Year by the American Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association [ACWPCA]. She also received the Newcomer of the Year Award from the Mountain Pacific Spots Federation [MPSF]. (gostanford.com, 2014)
Famous relatives
Her younger sisters Jamie and Ryann have both represented the United States of America in water polo. Jamie played alongside Kiley when the US team claimed gold in the 2019 World League Super Final in Budapest, Hungary. Ryann was part of the team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 World Junior Championships in Funchal, Portugal. Her parents Peter and Cathy played water polo for University of California Santa Barbara in the United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jan 2020; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 23 Dec 2019; usawaterpolo.org, 31 Mar 2019; 10 Jun 2015; presidiosports.com, 08 Jun 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 23 Dec 2019)
Other information
NEW FOUR-YEAR CHALLENGE
After graduating from Stanford University, CA, United States of America in 2016, her journey to try and reach the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo was different to her journey to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I did a bit of work outside of water polo for my uncle; worked in the corporate world for a little while. It didn't really excite me. That may have been circumstantial and where I was at because this is my first quad doing it without [being a student at Stanford]. That's challenging. It's difficult without university. Those four years really translate nicely into going into the Olympic Games. Last time, it was an easy flow kind of right into that full year of training. This has been a different journey, and all the more special." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 23 Dec 2019)

PLAYING IN EUROPE
She played in Spain for club CN Sabadell between 2016 and 2019. (usawaterpolo.org, 31 Aug 2019)

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