Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — Today, FINIS announced the release of an entire line of elite water polo apparel and equipment in honor of the accomplishments of their star athlete, U.S. Olympian Tony Azevedo. Although falling just shy of that esteemed gold medal podium, Azevedo's stellar performances over the past 15 days guided his U.S.A. water polo team to their best Olympic finish since the Seoul Olympics back in 1988.
It is no question that Tony Azevedo's feats in Beijing were well worthy of the dedication from FINIS. Not only did Azevedo lead his team to a silver medal, putting up an incredible 4 goals in the team's final match against Hungary, but the FINIS sponsored athlete also acted as team captain throughout the Games entirety. John Mix, President of FINIS, said that Azevedo's success in Beijing solidified Tony's place in history as one of the most revolutionary athletes of his generation. Mix stated, "Tony is such an amazing talent. He truly is one of the finest water polo players today, and really, in history." Mix explained that the Azevedo line was designed with Tony in mind and that they had some additional direction from Tony's renowned coach and father, Ricardo Azevedo.
With the assistance of the Azevedo family, FINIS product development team was able to capture every aspect of Azevedo's persona in the 20 piece line. Mark Stephens, product development manager for FINIS, expressed that it was Tony's passion and focus in the water, and his extremely laid back demeanor out of the water, that acted as the primary inspirations in the creative process. "We wanted the Azevedo line to embody both of these aspects of Tony's persona. We made sure that all of the products – whether it is hats, suits, or hoodies – are modern, edgy, and comfortable…and of course that they lived up to Tony's expectations," explained Stephens. FINIS hopes that Tony Azevedo's success will continue to grow the sport at all levels within the United States.
*For more information about Tony Azevedo, the Azevedo line, or any other FINIS technical products, visit http://www.finisinc.com.
About FINIS: Founded in 1993 by John Mix and Olympic Gold Medalist, Pablo Morales, FINIS, Inc. develops the most technologically advanced training equipment for the swimming and water polo communities. FINIS is the proud sponsor of USA Waterpolo captain, 3-time Olympian Tony Azevedo. Brands owned and operated by FINIS include: FINIS, SwiMP3, ZOOMERS.
John Mix jmix @ finisinc.com
Katie Moeckel kmoeckel @ finisinc.com