Karen Musselman remembers watching her then-4-year-old daughter Maddie display a will to win in the pool and on the soccer field that cant be taught. And even if it could, most 4-year-olds wouldnt be able to execute it.Some kids were just having fun [playing soccer], but Maddie wanted to win, Karen said. When theyre little, theres always one child who gets it and keeps scoring and scoring. At first, it was so cute. And then it was, Maddie, stop! And then it was the coach saying, Maddie, dont kick it in the goal anymore. It started out cute, then she was a machine.Maddie Musselman, now 18, is one of three prodigious teens, along with teammates Makenzie Fischer, 19, and Aria Fischer, 17, who are representing the United States at the Rio Olympics as members of the womens water polo team. Like Aria, Maddie made the decision to withdraw from high school to train full time.Though living in Southern California, home of USA Water Polo, afforded them the advantage of living at home, there was still the matter of leaving friends, teachers, teammates and high school life.For Maddies father, Jeff -- a Harvard grad, former major league pitcher and now vice president in the offices of a sports agent -- it meant a research project on the pros and cons involved in enrolling a girl with Ivy League potential and medical school aspirations in an online school.Initially, you dont want to get too far out in front of things. Are we being crazy athlete parents, pushing too hard and too far? But as we learned more about the nontraditional school approach and that it was acceptable to the highest-level academic institutions, it was not that big a risk, Jeff said.For Maddie, it was simply a case of following a natural progression that began with demonstrating obvious athletic ability in soccer and swimming as a young child, then following her sister Alex, who went on to compete for UCLA, into water polo.I grew up swimming my whole life, but I wanted to play water polo because my sister did it, said Maddie, who helped the U.S. win gold at the FINA World League Super Final in June with 11 goals in six games. I think what I really like is the creativity, the mental and the physical part of it. I also liked how competitive it is and that its a team sport.Ross Sinclair got an early glimpse of Maddies ability when she was a 9-year-old enrolled in a Newport Beach ocean safety summer program for which he was an instructor. Sinclair also coached her in a junior lifeguard state competition. I remember explaining to her, This is where you need to enter the water, this is how you read currents for a buoy swim, he said. She was wide-eyed and just got it and went out and won for us. I never had a 10-year-old get it like that.By the time Maddie joined Sinclairs water polo team at Corona del Mar High School, her natural ability was unlike anything the coach had seen. Just the way she moved in the water and fundamentally, she was on another level and I knew she was going to be something special. She had it written all over her, Sinclair?said.He was impressed most with her maturity as a student of the sport. You could show her a video of a guy or girl shooting and tell her to adjust just the littlest detail, and she would pick it up right away, Sinclair said. It was awesome. Really, it was amazing.Maddies parents, both East Coast natives, laugh about their three girls being attracted to and excelling at water sports. Karen, who played soccer at Rutgers, said growing up in Southern California also offered their daughters -- their youngest, Ella, also plays water polo and will start high school in the fall -- the opportunity to interact with former Olympians.When we were growing up, you never met an Olympian, Karen said. Here, theyre everywhere, at special camps, training with the kids.That good fortune included having proximity to Olympic coaches like Adam Krikorian. He won 14 national championships as a player and coach at UCLA, coached the Americans to gold in the 2012 Olympics and will be the U.S. coach in Rio. Krikorian became aware of Maddie when she was just 15 and invited the young prep star to participate in a senior team training session.I was trying to give some young players an outlook on our future and the first thing that drew me to Maddie was that when you looked into her eyes, you could be speaking to a group, but you could see that focus and determination and drive, Krikorian said.Knowing that and seeing that, I remember telling her, Its OK to dream. Sometimes were afraid to dream, to throw ourselves out there and be a little vulnerable, not knowing if were going to accomplish our dreams [or] come up short. Its a scary proposition.It would appear just as scary for Maddie and the Fischer sisters to make some difficult decisions: Maddie and Aria to withdraw from their respective high schools to join the senior team and train full time, and Makenzie to defer her freshman season at Stanford.For Maddie, the decision came in small increments, first traveling with the team on selected trips while trying to keep up with school her sophomore year, then making the leap to leave high school prior to her senior year. Never in a million years did we think shed make the Olympic team at that point, Karen said. We just thought, this will be a great experience and maybe shed have a chance to go to the Olympics in 2020.Jeff said: We just talked constantly about the experience. We told Maddie, Have a good time, work hard, enjoy it because youre doing things kids your age dont normally have the chance to do.The idea was not to create unreasonable expectations, but [Krikorian] left the window open, which for Maddie was huge. Shes a competitor, relentless, fierce. When she heard [making the roster of the senior national team] was a possibility, as she normally does, she gave her ultimate effort.Missing classes while enrolled in high school, Karen said, was more stressful than the decision to leave for an online curriculum. Maddie agreed. Its what I want to do. Its not a huge deal for me, Maddie said. Its an easy commute [to training] and its a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to train, do school, hang out with friends. Its a wonderful life, very cool.Maddie also had a ready role model in Maggie Steffens, who was 17 when she first joined the U.S. national water polo team and 19 when, as the youngest member of the team, she led the U.S. to the Olympic gold medal and was named the FINA Player of the Year.Steffens recalled having lunch with Maddie and Makenzie Fischer three years ago after both made their first senior team roster. Just to let them know, Hey, Im here for you guys. I went through something very similar. I know its tough to leave behind your friends, Steffens said. They didnt move away from home, but its still a feeling of moving away. And its also scary because youre now surrounded by people eight years your elder, so its completely different.Youre no longer talking about high school football games, youre talking about what you need to do to accomplish this huge goal. So to be able to talk to Maddie so early on and just let her know Im there for her was really important because there were girls who did that for me.Making it that much easier for Maddie to be accepted quickly were her easygoing personality and immense talent. At times, Maddie is somebody who can easily be very focused and serious, but when the time comes, shes very lighthearted and can crack a joke, Steffens said. And thats a gift she has because no matter what type of person you are, you can relate to her pretty easily.That and her obvious physical gifts set her apart, said Krikorian, who also cited Maddies willingness to try different things. Many times you come across athletes, young and old, who are afraid of trying something new -- a certain drill, a certain way to shoot or play the game -- and deal with some failure. They want success immediately, he said. But from Day 1, it was so clear to me that Maddie had that ability to overcome that fear and try different things, even if she may look silly doing it the first few times.Krikorian points to Maddies lob as an example. Its a world-class weapon for the U.S. that Krikorian calls one of so many little things she has learned and developed and added to her game over the last two years that have made her the complete player she is.Her high school coach said he is not surprised in the least. Its tough to leave high school and go pursue something like this, but shes the type of unique person who can balance everything, Sinclair said. I always tell her that her age is just a number: Its ability [that matters]. And she plays like shes 25 and has two Olympics under her belt. She is a very driven individual. Shes just something special. Cheap Russia Jerseys .ca. Hey Kerry, big fan of yours, just finished reading your book. I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. 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After Rio, she tied for fourth at Evian in France, then opened the Asia Swing in China with a fourth-place tie at Reignwood, was second in Taiwan and tied for third in South Korea.I started to actually get my confidence back, said Feng, Chinas only major golf champion.Feng has an even better run going at TPC Kuala Lumpur. She was second in 2013, won in 2014 and tied for second last year. She won for the fifth time on the LPGA Tour, ending a drought that dated back to her 2014 victory.Can I actually join the membership here? Feng said during the trophy ceremony. I really love this golf course. Can we have like 10 LPGA events here on this course?Tied with Anna Nordqvist after the Swedes tap-in birdie on the par-4 13th, Feng regained the lead with a sweeping 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th. She added a downhill 15-footer on the par-3 15th, and had a 3-stroke lead moments later when Nordqvist 3-putted the 14th.On Thursday, Feng made doubles bogeys on 14 and 15 in an opening 66. She birdied both holes in the third round. It actually evened out, Feng said.She finished at 17-under 267 and earned $270,000 -- more than enough for a victory celebration shes planning before tournament next week in Japan.I love Japanese food, Feng said. I think Im going to go for maybe -- like normally I go to the second-most expensive meat -- Ill go for the meat. What Im going to do is Im going to go for the most expensive meat next week.Pettersen shot her second straight 66. The Norwegian with 15 tour victories bogeyed the 16th and birdied the last two. On Saturday, she had a double-bogeyy on 15.ddddddddddddIve had some stupid mistakes, probably like everyone else and giving away a lot of shots, Pettersen said. Felt like yesterday I gave away a great chance of winning this.Nordqvist had a 70, hitting into the water on the par-4 18th for a double-bogey that dropped her into a tie for third with Amy Yang (69) at 12 under.Played so well this week, Nordqvist said. Finishing with double was obviously not what I planned. I was in between clubs on the last hole and it was kind of gusting out and we were going back and forth. Pretty poor decision there.A stroke ahead of Nordqvist on Saturday when darkness stopped play, Feng returned to par the 18th and took a 2-stroke lead into the final round when Nordqvist closed with a bogey.The players remained in their third-round groups for the final round in the event that fell behind Saturday when lightning and rain forced a 4 1/2-hour delay. Feng was in the third-to-last threesome, three groups behind Pettersen and a group ahead of Nordqvist.Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 71 -- making a double-bogey on 15 and a bogey on 18 -- to tie for 12th at 8 under. Malaysias Sargunan Suntharaj caddied for the New Zealander in her first tournament since firing Jason Hamilton.It was a lot of fun working with Guna, Ko said. I think a lot of people came out to not only watch me play but see him in action, too. It was really good, and obviously all the best to him when he goes back to his player.Hamilton immediately teamed with Ha Na Jang, a three-time winner this year who also finished at 8 under. The South Korean player shot a 72. She birdied four of the first six, bogeyed five of the next six, and parred the last six.Pernilla Lindberg had a hole-in-one on the 147-yard 17th, using a 7-iron into the breeze. The Swede shot a 71 to tie for 33rd at 2 under.The previous par 3, 15, I kind of chunked it in the water and made a double, Lindberg said. So, I guess this was a good recovery to kind of save the day and save the score.Michelle Wie finished the third round with a quadruple-bogey 8 for a 73, and shot a 71 in the fourth to tie for 27th at 4 under.The tournament was played on TPC Kuala Lumpurs East Course, a week after Justin Thomas successfully defended his title on the West Course in the PGA Tours CIMB Classic. 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