Photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie (former competitive swimmer and water polo player), who was recently held captive in Syria for 81 days, recounts the surreal story of being forced to teach a Hawaiian-swimsuit-clad local militia leader how to swim.
Featured Image: Bruce Wigo (International Swimming Hall of Fame CEO) at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco with wife Janet and twin sons Janson (left) and Drac (right), who were both 4-time All American water polo players at Stanford.
Captured in Szombathely, Hungary. This Water Polo video was produced by Szombathelyi Televízió. (Image courtesy of FINA)
A pair of ties ended the last round of group play in women’s water polo, and a 14-year old Chinese diver won gold on the women’s platform. (Stock Photo: Mike Lewis/OlaVistaPhotography.com)
The Americans put up a rout of the South Africans in their second match, taking a 16-3 margin. Tony Azevedo came alive a bit in this match as well, scoring a pair of goals of his own. He also took three steals in the defensive effort for the Americans. (Credit: Mike Lewis, Olavistaphotographer.com)
Their 2013 World Championship tournament started Sunday with a narrow loss to the hot-handed Spanish team, but their second match on Tuesday resulted in several record-breaking honors as they topped Uzbekistan, the runners-up from Asia, 30-3. (Stock Photo: Mike Lewis, Olavistaphotography.com)
The defending Olympic champions from Croatia won their opening match in men’s water polo, though it was a much closer battle with the Americans. Ous Mellouli, featured photo, medals again in open water! (Stock Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Mike Lewis, the man behind the camera and the mind behind Ola Vista Photography, takes us behind the scenes of Tony Azevedo’s HardCoreSwim photo shoot. (Photo Credit: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)
Betsey Armstrong held Spain to two goals in the first three quarters as the Americans rolled to gold. (Photo Courtesy: London 2012)
The United States’ youngest player, Maggie Steffens, leads the tournament with 7 goals (Photo Courtesy: USA Water Polo)
Tony Azevedo scored the Americans’ last goal as they snuck past powerhouses Montenegro. (Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis/OlaVistaPhotography.com)