US Water Polo Tidbits

Jan. 28.

Married, with Medals
After what they described as the "longest engagement known to man," Guy Baker and Michelle Pickering finally tied the knot on December 31, 2001. Get the 411 on the marriage of water polo's first couple on

Return to the Garden of the Gods
The doctors told her that she wouldn't be able to work again. They told her that driving would be near impossible, and that her speech would likely be impaired for the rest of her life. They told her that life would never be normal again. Tammy Ladd, the program manager for USA Water Polo, had beaten an accident that nearly took her life, and there was no one that was going to tell her that something couldn't be done.

Now, Ladd will get to live out a childhood dream by carrying the Olympic torch back to the place that nearly crushed that dream two years ago.

Get all the details on Tammy's on

In With the Old
USA Water Polo announced at its annual convention in Dallas that Eric Velazquez has returned for his second go-round as media director for USA Water Polo. Velazquez, who served in the post between June 2000-February 2001, comes back after a year spent between an Orange County public relations firm and the Anaheim Angels' media relations department. Get the news on the new media guy.

Azevedo: The Excellent Amateur
USA Water Polo driver Tony Azevedo has been selected to the list of 14 finalists in the running for the 72nd Annual AAU James E. Sullivan Award. The award is presented annually to the top amateur athlete in the
United States by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), and is based as much on leadership, character, and sportsmanship, as it is on athletic accomplishment.

For more on Tony's latest resume addition, click here:

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