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London Olympics: Team USA's Newest Olympic Star Is Maggie Steffens

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Every time the Olympics roll around there is the one athlete who comes out of nowhere and surprises the world with a great performance, and even though the London Games are just three days the latest star could be Maggie Steffens. She has been on the national team since 2009, so even though she is young she has just about three years of experience on the national team.

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Steffens just graduated from high school back in May and the 19-year-old, soon-to-be Stanford Cardinal, blew up in her first ever Olympic games by tying the record for most goals in a game with seven in Team USA's 14-13 win over Hungary. Not only did the seven goals tie an Olympic record, but Steffens scored six in the first half and did not even play the entire game as she had three ejections and was out of the the game before the fourth quarter started.

The scoring burst for Steffens should not come as a surprise to those who follow the sport as she led Team USA with 11 goals at the FINA World Super League Final, she scored five goals at the 2011 FINA World Championships as well as the 2011 FINA World Super League Final.

It is only one game that Steffens has played in and it is amazing that she is doing so well since this is a veteran loaded team with most of the roster full of players who played in the 2008 Beijing Games. If she continues her scoring pace or at least leads Team USA in scoring, and the United States can win their first gold it is possible she could be the most outstanding female athlete for Team USA during this Olympics.

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