Olympics 2012: Brenda Villa goes for 4th medal in water polo

Olympics 2012: Brenda Villa goes for 4th medal in water polo
Brenda Villa

The U.S. women will compete Thursday afternoon for Olympic gold in water polo.

And the team captain, Brenda Villa, will hopefully lead them to victory.

At 5-feet-4-inches she is the smallest player on the women's team but she is fierce.

Gold or silver, this will be the fourth Olympic medal for Villa. With her team, she has won two silvers and a bronze but never a gold. They play Spain at 2 p.m. Central time today.

Born and raised in California, Villa is the daughter of working-class Mexican immigrants from Jalisco. Her dad worked as a janitor and her mom a garment worker.

"I am proud of my roots," Villa told NBC Latino. "My parents came here and tried to make it here and that is instilled in me."

A graduate of Stanford University, Villa also founded Project 20-20 to give low-income children an opportunity to swim and play water polo.

"If there are enough role models for everybody then every little kid can dream big," Villa told NBC Latino.

Villa, 32, may retire after this Olympics. But she is a groundbreaker and her legacy will live on with the children she inspires to swim and play.

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