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Team USA Water Polo Captain Tony Azevedo talks about aiming for the elusive gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and much more.
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So Tony your father is a legend in the sport did you feel any pressure to get involved in water quality kid. You know -- I didn't I played when I was young I played baseball basketball a lot of other sports. Since he kind of took me on all of a car rides and get the carpool lane. I started going no water quality young age is just sit around and hang -- losses practices and just so loved the sport. But did you Philly pressure in this -- definitely to you what if -- accomplish. No you know might my dad's that is supported me as possible and and really my mindset is -- it's just been focused on being the best that I can possibly be and getting her team win a gold medal in your father ever at one point curriculum away. He always cuts may have to pay utilities it may be -- first father's second -- it. He yet whenever we thought you know it's always -- from the watchful and at this level now you know we talk so much about a lot of holes when I do have questions for this way. But he doesn't talk to that water polo and all that much not that much immune to that we've we've both -- -- sport for so long minutes. We rarely see each other when we do -- talking about food and movies and languages and everything. So anything about anything but what if anything but a lot of people. Well in Beijing you -- a silver medal in the part of that amazing team when you left those Olympic Games you leave a little hungrier ones when -- you're an excellent. Definitely you know the tough thing about the silver medalist you finished the bronze he finished school you went home. So he's that cool idea so it was definitely tough right there hearing here and -- Crying because you once you is up there so. We all haven't forgotten that. What definitely stood. On the second and in third place part of the podium and each time that I have heard another National -- I thought about the mistakes -- me when you heard the Hungarian National Anthem. Did you think about a movie that you wish Lleyton would have meters something that your team has been changed. -- you know I think all of us knew exactly what we did wrong I mean that whole Olympics who played a certain style of what -- -- was very defensive very calm. Some reason that gold medal game to. Whole outlook it's going to try to out score -- from years was when that happens. I think we all sat there you are mistakes and and knew that if we had a chance again we make it. And you're gonna have a chance again. Coming up at the -- -- Olympic Games what do you have to do leading into London to make sure you guys walk -- and going out. You know right now while training full time at home eight months and physically wise where all the benefit of our lives. It's really just going to be those little things fine tuning the tactics fine tuning the knowledge of your teammates when they're gonna get open when they're not gonna get open that. And just make sure we stay focused the whole time because you know support the team you know one mistake. Can can I mean everything. -- remembered during my Olympic run always leaning to my team captain for a little words of wisdom -- a little support. You're going to be the team captain going into the 2012 Olympic Games what does that role and responsibility to you. You know it's it's wonderful to me. I've known these guys a lot of them Muslim world -- me I've known him since I was young but you know. I just I know that lesson group we all played together and give up a little bit of ourselves for the benefit of the -- -- about him. And I just try to make sure that if I -- the teams. Kind of straight away from focusing on one opportunity you know it's something. I've talked to the younger guys a little bit try to motivate some of the players and and just get us focused and win. A younger team captain of the older guys listen to Ellison cut cut cut. -- we've we've grown up together and. You know I was I was. Eighteen when it was my first Olympics on these guys that second third Olympics so it's. We've we've been around you know we all listen each other it's not just me saying -- we work well together. Just me kind of making sure you guys that you tires and focus like it. We as a team it's all -- with them back and -- went about it. Well I know that when you are young you almost died as a kid -- tell me a little bit more about that. Yeah I did die for over three minutes and then. Back to life and hold never be able to. To me kind of has explored via achievement -- and couple months later those walking -- so from the -- got to me I I was picked and he man. I stood up and eradicate my tennis team and it felt. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know the Pillsbury Doughboy. And doctors. Know that my lung collapsed that's -- Running back. Well other than learning that you're not gonna clicking and he's -- and what did you learn from that painful experience. You know I was four years holes I don't remember that much about it I would say just you know don't take anything for granted and you know you I mean I think you know it's OK it's -- time he believes them Gulfport and you wouldn't look past this -- things. Talking about individual. Percent. No matter what the outcome of -- hasn't been much of your motivation and preparing for the fourth Olympic Games for you. No motivation is only -- my office. And so if you leave without that ultimately it disappointment. It would be for sure but you know I'd just like anything you tragedy struck for the best and you learn from your mistakes -- -- the -- of that scenario when when there.