By Cassie Shortsleeve, 6/20/2012, 09:27 pm EDT, Men’s Health Online
Last time, they missed the gold. Team USA Water Polo left the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with a silver medal. It was the highest Olympic finish in 20 years for an American team—but it wasn’t enough. And in just over a month, the team will be back in London to try for one step higher.
Turn on Team USA’s first game on July 29, and you’ll be able to pick out its leader: He’s 30-year-old, 6-foot-1-inch tall, three-time Olympian Tony Azevedo. Watch him play, and you’ll understand why he’s captain. And while the Rio de Janeiro-born star is somewhat of water polo royalty—his father played the sport at the Olympic level, too—Azevedo’s missing his crown.
As part of our ongoing coverage leading up to London next month, we sat down with Azevedo to get his thoughts on vying for the gold, learn how he stays motivated, and everything in between. Here’s what he had to say.