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The late Slingbox founder’s brother coached the U.S. women’s Olympic water polo team to repeat gold

The U.S. trounced Italy to win back-to-back Olympic titles.

Adam Krikorian, center, talks with members of the U.S. women’s water polo team during Friday’s gold medal match against Italy.
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Just two weeks after the death of his brother, Adam Krikorian has coached the U.S. women’s water polo team to a gold medal.

Krikorian credits his brother, Slingbox founder Blake Krikorian, with fostering his love of sports.

"He’s the reason I do what I do," Adam Krikorian told the San Francisco Chronicle. "My brother was a great leader and I followed in his footsteps."

After Blake’s death, Krikorian briefly returned to the U.S. but went back to Rio, an effort that was rewarded as the U.S. handily defeated Italy 12-5 on Friday to win its second straight gold medal, the first time any women’s water polo team has won back-to-back Olympic gold.

The Krikorian family plans to honor Blake with a celebration of his life to be held Aug. 27 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

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