18 Facts About Brenda Villa


Brenda Villa is the most decorated athlete in the world of women's water polo.


Brenda Villa is one of four female players who competed in water polo at four Olympics; and one of two female athletes who won four Olympic medals in water polo.


Brenda Villa is a leading goalscorer in Olympic water polo history, with 31 goals.


Brenda Villa started swimming with a club team, Commerce Aquatics, at the age of six, and followed her brother into water polo at eight years old.


Brenda Villa made the girls Junior Olympic Team while in high school.


At Bell Gardens High School, Brenda Villa played with the boys' water polo team because her school did not have a girls' team, and went on to become a 4-time 1st team All-League, 4-time 1st team All-C.


Brenda Villa came to Stanford in 1998 as the program's most heralded recruit.


Brenda Villa retired in 2012 and took up coaching waterpolo and swimming at a private all-girl high school.


Brenda Villa scored 10 goals for Team USA at the 2003 Pan American Games, which qualified the team for the 2004 Summer Olympics.


Brenda Villa had a team-high 13 goals to lead the US to gold at the 2003 FINA Water Polo World Championship.


In June 2004, Brenda Villa scored the first goal in overtime, her third of the game, and another in a penalty shootout, to propel the US team past Hungary and win the gold medal at the Women's Water Polo World League Super Finals.


Brenda Villa was the US women's team top scorer with 7 goals in 5 games at the 2004 Athens Olympics, earning a bronze medal.


Brenda Villa was team captain of the 2005 US national team coached by two-time Olympian Heather Moody, winning a silver medal at the FINA World Championship in Montreal.


In 2005, Brenda Villa became assistant coach of the women's water polo team at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California.


Brenda Villa is playing professionally for the Italian power team Geymonat Orizzonte in Catania, Sicily, which won the LEN Women's Champions' Cup in 2005 and 2006.


In March 2007 Brenda Villa led the USA women's national water polo team in Melbourne, Australia, at the 2007 FINA World Water Polo Championships.


Brenda Villa scored a total of 11 goals throughout the whole tournament helping team USA achieve first place naming them the 2007 FINA World Champions.


In June 2009, Brenda Villa was named to the USA water polo women's senior national team for the 2009 FINA World Championships.