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Whether draft-legal or non-drafting, Olympic distance, 70.3 or Ironman, Andy has established himself as one of the most versatile triathletes in the world.
As a swimmer, Andy earned a spot on the USA National Team and highlighted his career at the 1996 Olympic Trials with a 4th place finish in the 400 IM.
While swimming at the University of Michigan, Andy was a 6-time NCAA All-American and 2-time Big Ten Champion before joining the track team for his final year. Upon graduating, Andy retired from competition until he was convinced to start training for triathlon.
After turning professional in 2003, Andy was named USAT Rookie of the Year. With only eighteen months of triathlon specific training, Andy realized his childhood dream of becoming an Olympian by earning a spot to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where he finished 22nd.
Since then Andy has been a regular podium presence winning his first World Cup in 2005 and finishing the 2006 season ranked 3rd in the world.
In 2007, Andy blew up the triathlon scene by winning the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and followed that impressive performance by winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Consequently, Andy was named USA Triathlon’s non-drafting and draft legal Triathlete of the Year as well as Triathlete Magazine’s All-Round Triathlete of the Year.
2008 brought upon new challenges with Ironman racing where Andy continued to impress. In his Ironman debut, Andy finished 7th at the Ironman World Championships. He has since added Ironman Champion to his accolades.
Andy has won major triathlon races as short as 15 minutes all the way up to a grueling 8 hours. Through hard work and dedication, Andy has translated his tremendous swimming achievements into ultimate triathlon success.From Andy
“Triathlon has given me some amazing opportunities, but I’m still most grateful for the people I have shared these extraordinary experiences with. This became especially clear to me when my wife was diagnosed with cancer just after the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Lisa noticed a lump in her neck just before I traveled to Greece but wanted me to be completely focused on the Olympics so she didn’t tell me until we returned. Once we found out that it was Thyroid cancer, her battles with surgery and treatment kept everything in perspective. We decided then that we were going to live life on our terms.
There are so many people that help me fulfill my potential and reach my goals including my family, my coach, and my friends, but Lisa is my biggest inspiration. I am grateful to be doing what I love with Lisa and our two children, Boston and Sloane, by my side.
My goal may be simple but it is lofty. I want to be the best triaththlete in the world. I constantly challenge myself and strive to develop all three disciplines in order to be the most well rounded triathlete I can be.
I was never content to just be the best swimmer in the sport. My efforts to improve my cycling and running have certainly paid off. While I have enjoyed each success along my journey, I continue to test myself to get the most out of my abilities.”