The Manteca couple, who run a medical office in Tracy where Max is an orthopedic surgeon, arrived in London on Monday, July 30, for the 2012 Olympics.
There, they will see their son, Merrill Moses, and the U.S. men’s water polo team build on their accomplishment at the Beijing Olympics, where the U.S. claimed the silver medal.
This time, they expect to see the team win gold.
“We are so thrilled, because 10 of the 13 team members who went to China are coming back to play in London,” Marlene Moses said last week, a couple of days before they caught a plane for London.
Merrill Moses is the goalie for the U.S. team and emerged as one of the stars as he recorded 13 saves in a 13-7 win over Britain on Thursday, Aug. 2, 12 saves in a 10-8 win over Romania on Tuesday, July 31, and 11 saves in an 8-7 win over Montenegro on Sunday, July 29.
“There’s so much out there on him this year because he’s so popular,” Marlene Moses said.
Max Moses added that his son’s ability to rise out of the water with his arms spread wide earned him a nickname.
“They call him ‘The Bird Man,’ because of his wingspan,” Max Moses said.
Marlene Moses added, “As a result, he makes this birdcall when he’s in the pool and saves these outrageous shots that come in.”
Merrill Moses, 34, lives in Thousand Oaks and is a graduate of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and of Pepperdine University, where he was most valuable player from Pepperdine’s 1997 NCAA championship water polo team. After the Olympics, he will move to San Jose to complete studies to become a chiropractor.
The players, who consider themselves an extended family, made a commitment to go to London after settling for silver in Beijing.
“They’ve sacrificed an enormous amount to make the commitment to go to London,” Marlene said. “They certainly have the talent and the abilities. They’ve been to the Olympics already. For some, it will be their fourth Olympics.”
The team has two more games before the top eight teams get into the quarterfinals Wednesday, Aug. 8. The gold medal game will be played Aug. 12.
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