The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro came to an end Sunday with a festive closing ceremony, and sisters Makenzie and Aria Fischer of Laguna Beach returned home Tuesday to a group of well-wishers at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.
The pair, two of the youngest players on the U.S. women's water polo team — at ages 19 and 17, respectively — and playing in their first Olympic Games, helped lead Team USA to a gold medal. The team won all six of their games in Rio and dominated the competition.
Team USA capped the tournament by defeating Italy, 12-5, in the gold medal game Friday. In outscoring opponents, 73-32 en route to the title, the U.S. became the first women's water polo team to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals.
The Fischer sisters stayed through the closing ceremony Sunday.