The son of a former player and coach for the Brazilian national team, Tony Azevedo was born to play water polo. At age four, Azevedo nearly died after a fall that severed his trachea and esophagus. While on the operating table, his heart stopped beating for several minutes. Fortunately, doctors were able to revive him. As a result of the injuries he sustained, his parents were told he would never be able to play sports. However, at age eight, Azevedo began playing water polo and has never looked back.
SPORT: Water Polo
BORN: November 21, 1981
HOMETOWN: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
HEIGHT: 6 ft 1 in
WEIGHT: 198 lbs
COLLEGE: Stanford University
OLYMPIC MEDALS: Silver Medalist in 2008
OTHER TITLES/NOTABLE WINS: 2011 Pan American Games: Gold Medalist
FAVORITE TAPE APPLICATION: Shoulder
FAVORITE TAPE COLOR: Black
As a teenager, Azevedo quickly developed into a strong player and leader. At the age of 18, he became the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 2000. At Stanford, he set NCAA scoring records and was the first player to win the prestigious Peter Cutino Award four years in a row. After graduating with a degree in International Relations, Azevedo went on to play professionally for teams in Europe and abroad—helping them win many championships. Recently, Azevedo signed with a team in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I want to help develop the sport of water polo. Brazil is a perfect country where the water polo community can engage and really grow,” says Azevedo.
Currently, Azevedo serves as Captain of the U.S. National Team and competes internationally throughout the year. During an Olympic year, Azevedo spends up to eight hours a day training with his teammates. Just before heading into the pool each day, Azevedo will grab a nice cup of coffee or espresso and a newspaper.
Although the Men’s USA Water Polo Team left the 2016 Olympics without a medal, Azevedo plans to return to the Games in 2020 and lead his team to a gold medal.