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Margaret STEFFENS
Sport Water Polo
NOC United States   
GenderWomen
Born04 Jun 1993 in San Ramon, CA, USA
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at an early age and was competing in U18 matches at age eight.
Why this sport?
She comes from a family of water polo players.
Name of coach
Adam Krikorian [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Marge (usawaterpolo.org, 01 Jan 2020)
Hobbies
Hiking, kayaking and canoeing, writing, singing, dancing, reading. (teamusa.org, 01 Aug 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London with her sister Jessica. (olympicchannel.com, 23 May 2020)
Hero / Idol
Serbian water polo player Filip Filipovic, her siblings Teresa, Charlie and Jessica, US football player Mia Hamm. (swimswam.com, 02 Dec 2014; usawaterpolo.org, 01 Aug 2018; waterpolista.com, 01 Jan 2020)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She likes to dance before a match. (usawaterpolo.org, 01 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you stumble, make it part of the dance." (usawaterpolo.org, 01 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2012, 2014 and 2021 she was named Female Water Polo Athlete of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (fina.org, 17 Dec 2021; usawaterpolo.org, 01 Dec 2014)

She was named 2020 Women's Total Player of the Year by the Total Waterpolo website. (total-waterpolo.com, 26 Dec 2020)

She was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2018 World Cup in Surgut, Russian Federation. (fina.org, 09 Sep 2018)

She was named National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Tournament MVP in 2017. (usawaterpolo.org, 2017)

She was named MVP at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (usawaterpolo.org, 2017; rio2016.com, 19 Aug 2016)

She was named MVP of the 2014 World League Super Final in Kunshan, People's Republic of China. (usawaterpolo.org, 01 Dec 2014)
Milestones
She became the leading goalscorer in women's water polo at the Olympic Games, when she surpassed Italian player Tania Di Mario's previous record of 47 goals at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. She ended the 2020 Games with a total of 56 goals from her appearances at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Games. (fina.org, 30 Jul 2021, 07 Aug 2021; usawaterpolo.org, 30 Jul 2021)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Jessica won medals in water polo at the Olympic Games in 2008 [silver] and 2012 [gold]. Her uncle Peter Schnugg was selected in the US water polo squad for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow but did not compete as the United States of America boycotted the event. Her father Carlos competed in water polo for Puerto Rico at the Pan American Games. (gostanford.com, 2014; 3wiresports.com, 28 Feb 2012; sports-reference.com, 2012)
Other information
PLAYING IN EUROPE
In the 2018/19 season she played in Spain for CN Sabadell, winning European and Spanish national league titles. During the 2017/18 season she played in Hungary and helped UVSE win the OB 1 title. (usawaterpolo.org, 31 Aug 2019)

OCCUPATION
Alongside US water polo player Tony Azevedo she is the co-founder of 6-8 Sports, a water polo app that supports water polo players and their training programmes. In June 2020 she began a corporate strategy internship at a technology company based in San Jose, CA, United States of America. (Instagram profile, 19 Jan 2020; 6-8Sports Instagram profile, 17 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Feb 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a bachelor's degree in science, technology and society in 2016, she began studying for a master's degree in management, science and engineering at Stanford University in the United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2020; polybio.org, 01 Jun 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
1 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2022 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
6 2011 Shanghai, CHN 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  
1 2011 Guadalajara, MEX Team