The 25 Fittest Olympians on Team USA

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The 25 Fittest Olympians on Team USA

The best of the best American athletes who will compete in the 2012 Olympics in London.

19. Tony Azevedo

Striker, Water Polo
Age 30
1 Silver Medal

The U.S. Olympic water polo team’s training borders on the absurd: swim for three hours, hit the gym for two, then get back in the pool for another three—six days a week with no off-season. “I’ll tell anyone that our sport is the toughest in the world,” says Azevedo, the team’s captain and arguably the best water polo player on the planet. That’s saying a lot for a man who doctors said would never walk again after a severed esophagus and trachea, sustained from a childhood fall, left him without a heartbeat for almost four minutes before a final attempt to revive him succeeded. “I was in and out of the hospital a lot around that time,” Azevedo says. “Then, when I could walk, they said I’d never play sports.”

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