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Key dates: Aug. 6, U.S. plays Hungary in its final group-play match.
Venue: Water Polo Arena
Big story: Hungary beat the U.S. in the Beijing final to win its third consecutive gold medal and its ninth overall. But it could be a different after the U.S. snapped a 10-year losing streak to Hungary with two wins in less than a week in the lead-up to this summer's Games. The U.S., Hungary and Serbia, the bronze medalists in 2008, are in the same group in pool play.
Top U.S. prospects: Tony Azevedo, a Brazilian-born attacker, scored the winning goal for the U.S. in last year's Pan Am Games final and had a team-high 17 goals in Beijing. Ryan Bailey, a center, had seven goals and an assist in the 2008 tournament
Others to watch: The silver in 2008 was the first U.S. medal in water polo in two decades. The Americans lost to a veteran Hungarian team in that final but now it's the U.S. that may be the more experienced squad, led by Bailey and Azevedo, the only four-time Olympians in U.S. water polo history. Four others from the U.S. will be playing in their third Games.
Little-known fact: Since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam, Italy and Spain are the only teams from outside Eastern Europe to win an Olympic water polo gold. The U.S. with 12 medals overall, is second only to Hungary (15) in terms of hardware won but just one of those medals is gold and six were silver, making the Americans first in terms of second-place finishes