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Olympic water polo champion KK Clark announces retirement

Olympic water polo champion KK Clark announced her retirement from the sport on Thursday.

Clark, a defender who has been a member of the U.S. women’s senior national team since 2013, was a critical part of the American squad that captured the gold medal at the Rio Games last summer. She also helped the team to a bronze medal at the 2013 FINA World League Super Final, as well as gold medals at the 2014 FINA World Cup and 2015 Pan American Games.

“I want to thank USA Water Polo, my coaches, teammates and everyone who has supported Team USA this past quadrennial. Playing for the USA women’s national team has been the most rewarding experience of my life,” Clark said in a statement. “Representing our country as well as our water polo community gave me an unmatched sense of pride and I feel blessed to have been guided by the leadership of my coaches, teammates and support staff. It was an incredible journey and I am deeply grateful for the opportunities this sport has provided me.”

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Before her time with Team USA, Clark starred for UCLA and was a member of the Bruins’ national championship squad in 2009.

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