Polo, With a Big Difference. Rookies From D.C. Area Travel to Thailand to Vie On the Elephant Circuit

Mike Williams, left, a Defense Department analyst, was one of the upstart Yanks at the 2006 King
Mike Williams, left, a Defense Department analyst, was one of the upstart Yanks at the 2006 King's Cup Elephant Polo Championship,

2006-09-10 - CHIANG SAEN, Thailand , Anthony Faiola

During America's debut in the extra-wide world of elephant polo last week, frustrated U.S. captain Kimberly Zenz nearly screamed herself hoarse. Zenz overcame the Thong Kao curse and scored, almost upsetting one of the top British teams with a riveting 5-3 finish. "This year, we're here to learn," Zenz said. "But look out in Sri Lanka. We won't be the rookies anymore."

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