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By: John Mann : June 05, 2013

Hello all. My time in the lovely village of Recco, Italy is finished. Ten months have passed in the blink of an eye, well almost. As I shared with you in earlier posts, Recco was a charming place to live and the level of competition in water polo was very high.

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By: John Mann : February 15, 2013

It has been an interesting winter thus far in Recco, Italy. Aside from the unpredictable weather, life has been good. Recently, Jeff Tyrrell a US National Team veteran joined my club. It has been very nice having Jeff here. As a player, he is an important acquisition for our club.

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By: John Mann : December 19, 2012

The Holiday season is fully underway, in both America and Italy. My town, Recco, is in full spirit. There is a giant Christmas tree in the main square, there are also lights and giant decorations hanging above the main streets.

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By: John Mann : November 19, 2012

I am really glad I survived this week. First, I came down with some sort of throat infection combined with a fever that surged in and out for several days. Also, I had a game in Rome, which my sickness made interesting in several ways. All things aside, I am still in beautiful northern Italy, living my dreams and traveling the world. I can’t complain too much!

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By: John Mann : October 30, 2012

The screaming fans peered down upon us from the stands of the arena. The piercing sound of their air horns exploded off the water’s surface. In conditions like this, it is nearly impossible to hear the referee’s whistle, the voice of a teammate or even your own thoughts. These are the noises and cries of my battlefields in Italy. These are the sounds of a rivalry match. We were engulfed by the noise and let it take us off of our rhythm. This time, we were defeated.

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By: John Mann : October 20, 2012

I hope you enjoyed my first post last week. This week has been rather eventful, a little more than I had expected, in both good and bad ways. Between a car accident, my first game of the season, and the weather change, I have had my hands full. Fortunately, I made it out of the week healthy, happy and still loving my adventure here in Italy!

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By: John Mann : October 15, 2012

In my mind it seems like forever. In actuality it was a mere two months ago. I walked out of the Closing Ceremonies of the 30th Olympiad; and it hit me, my mind raced as it grasped the idea. My dream, to be an Olympian, had cemented into reality. The feeling was, well--still is, almost unbelievable. Like others, I had overcome a myriad of obstacles to come to this point. When my teammates and walked through the entrance of the Olympic stadium in London, a warmth, a rush, and a heaviness pressed down on me. A chill went across my neck and down my back, leaving every hair on my body feeling as if it were standing on end.

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By: Betsey Armstrong : September 10, 2012

Cheers water polo and pistachio fans alike! I’m thrilled to send you my final entry in the midst of all of this post-Olympic, GOLD MEDAL mania!! As you all can imagine, this summer was a whirlwind, and both I and all of my teammates are still soaking in every minute.

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By: Peter Varellas : July 02, 2012

It's been a while since I last wrote and a lot has been happening for me and the rest of the Men's National Team.

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By: Betsey Armstrong : June 30, 2012

Cheers Pistachio and Water Polo Fans! Or should I say, Nehao! We’ve just returned from Changshu, China where we were competing in the World League Super Final.

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