Mr. Azevedo, a 5-time Olympian retired from U.S. Water Polo in June 2017 after a career that spanned from Sydney 2000 to Athens 2004 to Beijing 2008 to London 2012 to Rio 2016 where he was born.
During his international career representing Team USA, he won an Olympic Silver medal and 5 Pan American Games Gold medals.
Professionally, Tony played abroad in Italy, Montenegro, Croatia and Brazil during his career. While playing abroad, he won National Championships in Italy, Montenegro and Brazil.
Tony is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in International Relations. While in school, he won 2 NCAA National Championships, a finalist in the Championship all 4 years and was named as the Peter Cutino National Collegiate Player of the Year all 4 years as well, a feat that has never been duplicated. During the Pac-12 Centennial in 2016-17, he was named the Water Polo Player of the Century, by the Conference.
Tony was inducted into the Stanford Sports Hall of Fame as well during the 2016-17 school year.
He and his wife Sara met while they were undergrads and today have two children Cruz and Luna.
His interests today include the creation of a new aquatic event for global youth called The Aquatic Games which staged it's inaugural Games in August 2017 in Long Beach, CA. Now in it’s second year in July 2018, the event is being held on the campus of Long Beach State University and has grown to include athletes from 7 foreign nations and kids from throughout the United States.
Tony is dedicated to bringing future advancement to Water Polo through new training methodology, technology and will have additional partnerships with both U.S. and international men and women in these ventures.
Out of the pool, Tony has worked on initiatives for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, been an advocate for animal cruelty awareness and today is a member of the Los Angeles 2024/2028 Olympic & Paralympic Athletes Advisory Commission. Tony was a ball boy at the Atlanta 1996 Games which provided his inspiration to make it to the Olympics which he did 4 years later in Sydney.
Other attributes achieved by Mr. Azevedo in his career:
- 11x U.S. National Champion (U.S. Open of Water Polo), 9 of which playing for New York Athletic Club
-6x FINA medalist (Super League, Intercontinental Tournament, Eight Nations Cup)
- All Time Leading Scorer, USA Water Polo
- Most U.S. Olympic Water Polo Appearances with 5
- New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame member (2015)