Ryan Bailey (water polo)
Bailey interacts with a Marine during his surprise visit for a combat water polo tournament at Camp Pendleton’s 13 Area Pool, September 12, 2012
|Born||August 28, 1975 (age 41)|
Ryan Bailey (born August 28, 1975) is an American water polo player and Olympic silver medallist.
Bailey went to Millikan High School in Long Beach, California, and attended UC Irvine in Irvine, California. In college he was a four-time All-American, tallied 104 goals in his senior season, and was awarded the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year in 1998.
He was a member of the United States men's national water polo team for the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. In the 2004 Athens Olympics he scored two goals. He was part of the team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where in the championship game the USA team won the silver medal, ultimately defeated by Hungary. This is the highest finish ever in the Summer Olympics for USA Water Polo. He was the leading scorer for the US team at the 2012 London Olympics with 13 goals.
Bailey has played professionally for a number of European water polo clubs, and played in two European Championships :
- 2004: VK Jug Dubrovnik in Croatia
- 2004–2005: Dynamo Moscow
- 2005–2006: VK Jadran Split in Croatia
- 2006: Panionios in Greece
- 2007–2009: VK Partizan in Serbia
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