Full Name: Andrew Robert Potts
Hometown: Princeton, N.J.
Resides: Colorado Springs, Colo.
College: University of Michigan
Birth Place: Hershey, Pa.
First Year Elite: 2003
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2008 USAT Non-Drafting Triathlete of the Year
2008 USAT Long Course Athlete of the Year
2008 USAT National Team Member
2007 USAT Elite National Champion
2007 Pan Am Games Gold Medalist
2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champion
2006, 2007 USAT Elite Triathlete of the Year
2007 USAT Non-ITU Elite Triathlete of the Year
2004 Olympic Team Member
2003-07 Resident Team Member
2010 Highlights: Won the Ironman 70.3 Boulder on Aug. 8 • Captured first career Ironman win in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on June 27 • Finished second at the Ironman 70.3 Kansas on June 6.
Elite Triathlon Career: Posted five victories in 2009 - St. Anthony's Triathlon, Wildflower Triathlon, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, Whirlpool Ironman 70.3 Steelhead and Timberman Ironman 70.3 • Also notched four other top-four finishes and took ninth at the Ironman World Championships • U.S. National Team member in 2008 • Named USAT's Non-Drafting Triathlete of the Year and Long Course Athlete of the Year in 2008 • Placed sixth to rank as the top American at the Ironman World Championship • Took first at the Ironman 70.3 California, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and the Timberman Ironman 70.3 • Logged seven top-five finishes, including a runner-up showing at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials • 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist • 2007 USAT elite national champion• 2007 Ironman 70.3 world champion • Champion at Escape to Bermuda and Escape from Alcatraz in 2007 • Top American (11th overall) at ITU World Championship in Hamburg, Germany • Finished third in ITW World Cup rankings in 2006 • Has two World Cup wins on his resume • Qualified for the 2004 Olympic team by finishing as the second American, 11th overall, at the 2004 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Madeira, Portugal • Qualified for his first world triathlon championships by finishing fifth overall (Second America) at the Race to Athens - Honolulu Triathlon • Had two top-10 finishes at ITU World Cup races in 2003, his first full year of elite/professional racing • In 2003, joined the resident team that trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. • Went pro/elite in January 2003.
Amateur Triathlon Career: Was the first U.S. finisher - 13th overall - at the 2002 Tokyo ITU International Triathlon • Placed third in the elite amateur division of the 2002 Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis, Minn.
Athletic Background: Member of the USA Swimming National Team from 1995-97 • Member of the University of Michigan swim team from 1995-99 and captain in 1998-99 • Member of the Michigan track team in 1999-2000 • Finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley and 11th in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials for swimming • Won a swimming national championship in the 800-meter freestyle • Went to the national championship finals in swimming 17 times • Six-time NCAA All-American while at Michigan • Two-time Big 10 individual champion • In high school, held New Jersey state records in three events • Member and captain of the national junior swim team.
Personal: Andrew Robert Potts • Born Dec. 28, 1976, in Hershey, Pa. • Grew up in Princeton, N.J. • Mother, Harriet Potts and father, Dr. Robert Potts, now live in Vail, Colo. • Dr. Potts played football for Yale • Brother, Tyler, is a graduate student in architecture in Denver • Sister, Alice, lives in Eugene, Ore., and was a swimmer at Colorado State University • Andy married Lisa Simes, who was an acrobat for Cirque du Soleil's 'O' show in Las Vegas, on Jan. 30, 2004 • The two met at the University of Michigan, where Lisa was a gymnast and Andy was a swimmer • Has a son, Boston Thomas Potts • Enjoys reading and following college sports • Graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a B.A. in English and a secondary teaching certificate • Favorite books are "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway • Favorite movies are "Braveheart" and "The Usual Suspects."