Maggie Steffens

Maggie Steffens

Maggie Steffens, Olympic Water Polo Player. She was the youngest member of the U.S. team in the 2012 London Olympics, and was captain of the Rio team in 2016. She won the gold medal at both Olympics.  

"In all seriousness, I did struggle a bit after my first Olympics. I knew London wasn’t ‘as good as it gets,' but I was a little lost for sure. It took me some time, but I always came back to my dad’s words—'Strive to be amongst the best' and 'Always remember your last name.' With these in mind, I knew there was still so much more. I focused on the values of what the ‘Steffens' name means to me and thought about my goal of always striving to be amongst the best. I was fortunate to have that at Stanford and with Team USA. My dream was still to be an Olympian and an Olympic champion—I had just done it once before. The dream remains today, it just follows a different path and a different journey, which makes each new quad so special."

"There are so many paths in life, which helps keep me motivated and excited for the life to come. I don’t just want to be an Olympic champion, I want to take my Stanford degree somewhere, I want to possibly have my own business one day, I want to make a difference in the world, I want to have fun. My family always makes fun of me for always wanting to do everything, but helps keep me dreaming.”

Interview by Jeff Pearlman, Photo via NBC Olympics

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