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The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo  

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List of the best water polo Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous water polo event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic water polo Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest water polo Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best water polo athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with.

List is made up of a variety of athletes, including Natalie Golda and Heather Petri.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic water polo athletes?" and "Who is the best water polo competitor of all time?"
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Tony Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
age 37
Anthony Lawrence Azevedo is a Brazilian-born American water polo player and a graduate of Stanford University. Nicknamed "The Savior" at one point, he is considered to be one of the ...more
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Péter Rusorán is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)
Péter Rusorán was a Hungarian swimmer, water polo player and later water polo coach. As a player, he won the Olympic Games gold medal in 1964 and the bronze in 1960 and also ...more
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Peter Hudnut is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Peter Hudnut age 35
Peter Hudnut is an American water polo player. He was a member of the United States men's national water polo team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the championship game, the USA team won the ...more
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Peter Varellas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Peter Varellas age 34
Peter Varellas is an American water polo player who grew up in Moraga, CA and attended Campolindo High School. As a high school water polo player, Peter also swam for the year-round club Orinda ...more
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Jeff Powers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Jeff Powers age 39
Jeff Powers is an American water polo player. He was an All-American at the University of California, Irvine. He played for the United States national team at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer ...more
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Natalie Golda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
age 37
Natalie Golda is an American water polo player. Considered one of the greatest women's water polo players of all time, her senior leadership helped guide the 2005 UCLA Bruins to their seventh ...more
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Aaron Feltham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Aaron Feltham age 36
Aaron Feltham was born April 16, 1982 in Goderich, Ontario. Feltham's professional career began at the age of 16, when he left home to play for the Ottawa Titans. Feltham played two years apiece ...more
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Nicolas Youngblud is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Nicolas Youngblud age 38
Nicolas Youngblud is a male water polo player from Canada. He was a member of the Canada men's national water polo team, that claimed the bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de ...more
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Kevin Graham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Kevin Graham age 32
Kevin Graham is a Canadian water polo player. He was a member of the Canada men's national water polo team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The team finished 11th out of the 12 teams in the ...more
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Moriah van Norman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
age 34
Moriah van Norman is an American water polo player for the University of Southern California, who won the Peter J. Cutino Award in 2004, recognized as the best female collegiate player in the ...more
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Brittany Hayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Brittany Hayes age 34
Brittany Hayes is an American water polo player. She was a member of the US water polo team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Hayes attended Foothill High School in Tustin, ...more
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Justin Boyd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Justin Boyd age 29
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Merrill Moses is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
age 41
Merrill M. Moses is an American water polo player. Moses was a goalkeeper on the United States men's national water polo team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the championship game, the USA team ...more
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Kami Craig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Kami Craig age 31
Kameryn "Kami" Craig is an American water polo player. She was a member of the US water polo team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a gold medal in London in ...more
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Rick Merlo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
age 33
Rick Merlo is an American water polo player. He was a member of the United States men's national water polo team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the championship game, the USA team won the ...more
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Jean Sayegh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Jean Sayegh age 37
Jean Sayegh is a male water polo player from Canada. He was a member of the Canada men's national water polo team, that claimed the bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, ...more
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Courtney Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
age 41
Courtney Johnson is an American water polo player, who competed in the 2000 Olympics where women's water polo made its debut. She won a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She competed at ...more
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Heather Petri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
age 40
Heather Petri is an American water polo player, who won the silver medal with the US women's national team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, a silver medal ...more
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Lauren Wenger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
age 34
Lauren Wenger is an American water polo player for the University of Southern California, who received the 2006 Peter J. Cutino Award as the best collegiate water polo player among Division I ...more
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Nathaniel Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Nathaniel Miller age 39
Nathaniel Miller is a male water polo player from Canada. He won three bronze medals at the Pan American Games with the Canada men's national water polo team during his career. Playing as a ...more
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Jessica Steffens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Jessica Steffens age 31
Jessica Steffens is an American water polo player. She was a member of the United States national teams that won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and a gold medal at the 2012 Summer ...more
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Ryan Bailey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Ryan Bailey age 43
Ryan Bailey is an American water polo player and Olympic silver medallist.
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Sasa Palamarevic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Sasa Palamarevic age 32
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Elsie Windes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Elsie Windes age 33
Elsie Windes is an American water polo player. After playing for the University of California, she joined the United States national team in 2006. She helped the U.S. win a silver medal at the ...more
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Devon Diggle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Water Polo
Devon Diggle age 30