By Tom Vartabedian
LOS ANGELES — All but lost in this year’s Olympic Games was the work of coach Adam Krikorian.
We celebrated a gold medal and three silvers by our Armenian team and one other by an Armenian representing Germany. Yet, we have said little about the United States women’s water polo team which was undefeated and captured gold for the second straight Olympics.
Krikorian was the man behind the scenes, pulling all stops to give this country its share of prestige. It was not a leisurely dip in the pool by any stretch.
A week before, he left Rio and flew to California to attend the unexpected funeral of his older brother Blake who had succumbed to a heart attack while surfing.
The team was in capable hands with his assistants, no doubt, but distraught and obviously in a stupor, he came back to his squad and did what was expected of him.