Even if the U.S. women fulfill Anderson's prediction and win the gold medal, they won't ever make a living from their sport. "You can go play in Europe and play for a season or two, but there really isn't a career in water polo," Armstrong explains. After the games, "I could go into the health field, or be a gym teacher, or get an MBA, or maybe a career as a writer."
Whatever Armstrong does, her U-M coach believes he knows where she'll do it. "She's an Ann Arbor girl through and through," Anderson says. "Anybody who knows her knows she's coming back to Ann Arbor."
[Originally published in July, 2012.]