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LONDON -- Beaverton's Elsie Windes is taking home a gold in her second Olympics.

Team U.S.A. sank Spain 8-5 in the championship Thursday.

Women's Water Polo was first introduced as an Olympic Sport during the 2000 Sydney Games. This is the first time the U.S. team has won an Olympic gold. They earned two silvers and a bronze in past Olympics.

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It was a first for the sport and a first for athlete Windes, who grew up in Beaverton and is one of just two players on the US women s team who grew up outside of California.

As a teen, Windes was an all-star player at Beaverton High School and with Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club. In college, at the University of California, Berkeley, Elsie was a three-time All-American.

When she was a little girl, Elsie watched her father and her older sister play the sport. Then, she tried it.

It s been a dream come true for us and for her, to play here locally as a younger child. And then to just keep advancing and make it all the way to the national team and then the Olympic team, her father, Doug Windes said.

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In 2006, she became a member of the women s national team and she s been a vital player ever since.

Both of Elsie's parents traveled to London to watch Elsie play in her second Olympics.

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