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Kiley NEUSHUL
Sport Water Polo
NOC United States   
GenderWomen
Born05 Mar 1993 in Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Goleta, CA, USA
Occupation
Analyst, Student
Languages
English, Italian, 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.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Kiley-Sue (usawaterpolo.org, 01 Jan 2020)
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)
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)
Other information
INTERNATIONAL RETIREMENT
She retired from the national team after the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I don't know if I would have been in the right headspace to continue on. I think, you know, I'm working full-time for a company now. I'm studying full-time. So I'm able to pursue other things that I've always been interested in. And I think for me personally, I'm in a good place. And that's what matters. (eu.usatoday.com, 28 Apr 2021)

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

OTHER STUDY
After graduating in 2017 with a bachelor's in communication and media studies, in 2019 he began a bachelor's degree in software development at DeVry University in the United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Surgut, RUS Team  
1 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS Team  
1 2010 Christchurch, NZL Team  
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Lima, PER Team  
1 2015 Toronto, CAN Team