This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of SkipShot Magazine
This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of SkipShot Magazine
Azevedo honored with halftime presentation, scores once in last game
Bowen scores five in Riverside
USA Men's National Team Announces Roster Ahead Of USA-Croatia Series; Action Starts Friday In Riverside
Tickets still available; all games streamed LIVE at Facebook.com/USAWP
June 23 marks #OlympicDay and from celebrities to Olympic athletes, many are excited about the Olympic Games this Summer including our very own Tony Azevedo. Video courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee. #WeLoveRio
Four-time (almost five) Olympian, Tony Azevedo explains his philosophy of being a good team player, describes his favorite water polo memory and shares what his perfect off day would be like. #CounterAttack #BeVictoRIOus #RoadtoRio
National Teams Prepare For FINA World Championships
Men's National Team vs. Croatia @ Rose Bowl
The U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo Team competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England finishing in 8th place
Added five goals in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...Led Team USA with 14 goals at the FINA World League Super Final...Added nine goals at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Competed in his eighth FINA World Championship in 2015-a water polo record...Established the record for most goals scored in FINA World Championship play in 2015...Top scorer for Team USA at 2015 FINA World Championships with 15 goals...Tallied 10 goals in Team USA's Gold-medal finish at 2015 Pan American Games...Led Team USA's third-place finish with 13 assists and 13 goals in the 2015 FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Scored five goals in 2013 FINA World Championships...Recorded 10 goals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England...His appearance in London set a USA Water Polo record along with teammate Ryan Bailey as competitors in four Olympic Games...Scored five goals at 2012 FINA World League Super Final...Posted three goals in the Gold medal-winning match at the 2011 Pan American Games...Helped Team USA to Gold and an Olympic berth at the Pan American Games despite playing in just the final match due to muscle strain...Tied for team lead with 11 goals scored in a sixth-place finish at 2011 FINA World Championships...Led team with eight goals during fourth-place finish at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Florence, Italy...Scored at least one goal in every game with 11 goals total as Team USA took fourth at 2010 FINA World Cup...Took fifth place at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final, scoring team high 13 goals...Finished fourth at 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy...Led team in scoring with 12 goals in six matches, added eight steals and six field blocks...Spurred Team USA to Silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, the team's first Olympic medal in 20 years...Scored 17 goals to lead U.S. in scoring at 2008 Olympic Games...Led team to Silver medal finish at 2008 FINA World League Super Final with 16 goals, including seven in victory over China...Scored three goals in upset over #1 ranked Croatia on May 31...Tallied four goals at 2007 FINA World League Super Final...Led Team USA with 15 goals en route to Gold medal at 2007 Pan American Games in his native Brazil...Named top scorer at 2007 World Championships in Melbourne after tallying 19 goals despite not advancing to the medal rounds...Led team with 18 goals at 2005 FINA World League and 13 at 2005 FINA World Championships...Ranked second in scoring percentage at 2005 FINA World Championships...Led U.S. with 15 goals (ranked 2nd overall) at 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, including a hat trick to help the team qualify for seventh-place game...Became one of the highest-paid players in water polo when he signed to play professionally for Italian club team, Bissolati Cremona...Scored tournament high 33 goals during 2003 Pan American Games...Finished as top scorer in 2003 FINA World League with 12 goals...Led team in scoring at 2003 U.S. Cup with eight, including three versus Australia...Named world's seventh-best male athlete in June 2003 edition of Men's Journal...Scored 12 goals in four games in Team USA's first-place finish at 2003 French International...Led Team USA in scoring with 29 goals in first year of FINA World League, including seven in season opener against Croatia in Los Alamitos (CA.)...Sixth in the league in scoring, but was only player in top six who didn't advance to Super Final...Only U.S. player to net at least one goal in each game...Leading scorer at 2001 World Championships in Japan...Led team in scoring with 14 goals in Japan despite playing with broken ear drum...Scored 13 goals in out- standing Olympic debut at Sydney Games in 2000, the fourth-highest scorer in the world...Selected by color commentator Jim Kruse for NBC's All-World Team following Olympics...High scorer at Pan American Junior Water Polo Championships in 1998.
Competes currently for Sesi Polo in Brazil...Played professionally in Montenegro through 2009 most recently for V.K. Primorac Kotor...Played for Jug in Croatia in 2008-2009...Led Bissolatti Cremona in scoring for 2005-2006 season in Cremona, Italy...First in scoring in all of Italy for 2006 season.
Became the first-ever player to win the prestigious Peter J. Cutino award four consecutive years...Was awarded First-Team All-American honors from 2001-2004...Named MPSF Player of the Year four consecutive years from 2001-2004...Named the 2004 American Water Polo Coaches Association Player of the Year for the fourth straight season... Mountain Pacific Federation four-time winner... Named co-Player of the Year in 2003 NCAA tournament...Scored 80 goals in his senior season...Shattered the prior record by over 100 goals when he became Stanford's all-time top scorer with 332 goals...Was named as the Player of the Year at 2002 NCAA Tournament...Scored 95 goals in 2002, becoming Stanford's top single-season scorer...In 2001, he earned NCAA Player of the Year and All-American Player of the Year...Voted the 2001 NCAA Tournament MVP...Voted Co-MVP of the 2001 MPSF Tournament...Named MPSF Player of the Week twice...Winner of the Stanford Block "S" Freshman Award...The nation's leading scorer with 68 goals, which was a freshman school record and ninth-best in school history.
Earned All-American as well as All-Academic Team honors from 1996-99 at Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA...Selected to All-CIF Team from 1996-99 and was CIF Player of the Year three times...Helped Wilson High School earn C.I.F. championship titles all four years...Father Rick was an assistant National Team coach in 2004 and coached Tony throughout his age group career and during his first three years at Long Beach Wilson.
Biggest influence in water polo is his father, Rick Azevedo, former Men's National Team Coach...Sister, Cassie, was a stand-out water polo player at Cal State Long Beach and now plays professional water polo in Italy...Favorite musical artists are Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen...Says he plays water polo "to win a gold medal for the USA."... Admits his most embarrassing water polo moment was when he was holding his MVP tournament trophy and broke it while on the podium....Favorite pre-game meal is Pasta Pomodoro.
- 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, T9TH PLACE
- 2016 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, HUIZHOU, CHINA, 2ND PLACE
- 2016 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, 1ST PLACE
- 2015 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, KAZAN, RUSSIA, 7TH PLACE
- 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, TORONTO, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
- 2015 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, BERGAMO, ITALY, 4TH PLACE
- 2015 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, CORONA DEL MAR, CA, US, 3RD PLACE
- 2013 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARCELONA, SPAIN, 9TH PLACE
- 2012 OLYMPICS GAMES, LONDON, ENGLAND, 8TH PLACE
- 2012 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN, 4TH PLACE
- 2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, 1ST PLACE
- 2011 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 6TH PLACE
- 2011 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, FLORENCE, ITALY, 4TH PLACE
- 2010 FINA WORLD CUP, ORADEA, ROMANIA, 4TH PLACE
- 2010 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, NIS, SERBIA, 5TH PLACE
- 2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ROME, ITALY, 4TH PLACE
- 2009 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, PODGORICA , MONTENEGRO, 4TH PLACE
- 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING, CHINA, 2ND PLACE
- 2008 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, GENOA, ITALY, 2ND PLACE
- 2007 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, BERLIN, GERMANY, 5TH PLACE
- 2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 1ST PLACE
- 2007 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 9TH PLACE
- 2006 ASUA CUP, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 1ST PLACE
- 2006 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, ATHENS, GREECE, 5TH PLACE
- 2005 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MONTREAL, CANADA, 11TH PLACE
- 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES, ATHENS, GREECE, 7TH PLACE
- 2004 TORNEO DI NAPOLI, NAPLES, ITALY, 3RD PLACE
- 2003 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, NEW YORK, NY, 3RD PLACE
- 2003 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, 1ST PLACE
- 2003 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARCELONA, SPAIN, 6TH PLACE
- 2003 U.S. CUP, STANFORD, CA, UNITED STATES, 2ND PLACE
- 2003 FRENCH INTERNATIONAL, NICE, FRANCE, 1ST PLACE
- 2002 FINA WORLD CUP, BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA, 7TH PLACE
- 2002 TRISTAR INTERNATIONAL, KRANJ, SLOVENIA, 3RD PLACE
- 2002 EIGHT-NATIONS TOURNAMENT, NICE, FRANCE, 3RD PLACE
- 2001 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, FUKUOKA, JAPAN, 7TH PLACE
- 2001 POSEIDON CUP, ATHENS, GREECE, 5TH PLACE
- 2001 PAN AMERICAN QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT, SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REP., 1ST PLACE
- 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 6TH PLACE
Favorite Quote: The Biggest Barrier To Success Is The Fear Of Failure
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mango
Favorite Chain Restaurant: Mastro's
Favorite Reality Tv Shows: Top Chef
If You Had To Make An Ipod Playlist Named After Yourself, What Would It Be?: Australia 2015
And What Would Be The First Song?: "I See Fire" Kygo
Where Do You See Youself 10 Years From Now?: Running An Amazing Usa Water Polo League And Watching Water Polo Live On Tv From Home In Ca!
If You Couldn't Play Water Polo, What Sport Would You Play?: None; I Would Be A Chef
Role Model: Father
Athletic Inspiration: Manuel Estiarte
Etc: After Water Polo, Favorite Sport To Play Is Baseball... Best Thing About Water Polo Is That It's "The Toughest Sport In The World Where One Has To Focus, Think; It Combines Mental And Physical Aspects More So Than Any Other Sport"... Got Into Water Polo Through His Father, A Longtime Coach, And Has Never Stopped Loving The Game... Winning As A Team Is The Most Amazing Feat.
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