GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Tony Azevedo, a three-time Olympian in men’s water polo, has been chosen by his teammates to be Team USA’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony of the XVI Pan American Games on Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“It’s an incredible honor to be chosen by my teammates to carry in the stars and stripes tomorrow night,” said Azevedo, a silver medalist at the 2008 Games in Beijing. “The idea of leading this team into the stadium is humbling, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent an absolutely awesome group of men and women. But first things first…Team USA isn’t done just yet.”
A three-time Pan American Games gold medalist, Azevedo will lead Team USA into tonight’s men’s water polo final against Canada as the team looks to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in London with a victory. The U.S. women’s water polo team qualified for London in thrilling fashion last night with a shoot-out victory over Canada.
“Last night’s game was amazing. I’m so happy for our ladies and hope we can step up and match their effort tonight,” said Azevedo.
A Long Beach, Calif., native, Azevedo currently lives with his wife Sara in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He is a 2004 graduate of Stanford University.