Ellen Estes

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Ellen Estes
Medal record
Women’s water polo
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team competition
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Barcelona Team competition

Ellen Marie Estes (born October 13, 1978 in Portland, Oregon) is an American water polo player, who won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She also won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Estes scored three goals during the bronze medal game against Australia.

Estes played for Stanford University. She was a senior on the 2002 NCAA National Championship Team; was a two-time All-American; and broke a Stanford scoring record with 93 goals in her sophomore year. She graduated with an Engineering degree at Stanford, and interned for studied roller-coaster design as an intern with Disney.

In 2003, Estes was named the USA Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year.

From 2007–2009, Estes served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Harvard University Men's and Women's Water Polo Teams, while finishing her MBA at Harvard Business School.


  • Olympic Games: Silver Medal (2000), Bronze Medal (2004)
  • World Championships: Gold Medal (2003)
  • Pan American Games: Second Place (1999)
  • FINA World Cup: Second Place (2002)

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