Three people with local connections participated in the Rio Olympics – two as athletes and another as a coach. Following is a recap of how they and/or their teams performed.
• Adam Krikorian, the coach of the U.S. women’s water polo team: The Mountain View native returned from Rio a champion and with a heavy heart. Krikorian’s older brother, Blake, died of an apparent heart attack Aug. 3, two days before the Opening Ceremony. Krikorian returned to the Bay Area to be with his family, then flew back to Rio in time to coach Team USA’s first game Aug. 9. His team dominated the competition – outscoring its six foes by a combined 73-32 – grabbing gold with a 12-5 rout of Italy in the Aug. 19 final. As a show of support, all of Krikorian’s players placed their medals around his neck during the medal ceremony; Olympic coaches do not receive medals. Krikorian, a Mountain View High graduate (Class of 1992), also coached the U.S. to gold at the 2012 London Olympics.