From left: Rick Merlo, Jeff Powers, Brandon Brooks, Adam Wright, Peter Varellas, Tony Azevedo, Peter Hudnut, Merrill Moses
Not pictured: Layne Beaubien
Three-time Olympian Tony Azevedo led the U.S. men's water polo team on an unexpected run in Beijing. Ranked ninth in the world, Team USA™ upset Italy, Croatia, Germany and Serbia before facing Hungary in the championship match. Though they lost the game 14-10, their silver medal was unquestionably a victory, and it put them on the medal stand for the first time in 20 years.