Since turning pro in 2003, Andy Potts has become one of the most dominant athletes in the World. He has been on the pro triathlon circuit for over a decade. He was an Olympian in 2004. He has won races from as short as 8 minutes to as long as 8 hours. And he has been a World Champion in the 70.3 distance.
Andy got his start in swimming. He was a six-time NCAA All-American swimmer at the University of Michigan. He was also on the USA national team in 1996. Unfortunately, his childhood dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer fell short, but he still made an impression by finishing fourth in the 400 IM. After swimming, Andy joined the track team for his senior year at Michigan.
Andy thought he was done with competition, until he was persuaded to start training for a triathlon. Andy earned the USAT rookie of the year. It only took him 18 months of serious triathlon training to achieve his childhood dream, as he was named to the 2004 Olympic triathlon team. Andy went on to finish 22nd in the Athens Olympics.
Since the Olympics, Andy’s name has become synonymous with triathlon. He is a regular finisher on the podium and is always in the conversation for the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. In 2007, Andy hit full stride by winning the Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro and followed closely by winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Andy is also considered the winningest male ever to compete in the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon, winning it for his 5th time in 2014.
"It only took Andy 18 months of serious triathlon training to achieve his childhood dream, as he was named to the 2004 Olympic triathlon team"