Meet Joe Maloy
Hometown: Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
Current ranking: 20
Career highlights: 6th, 2016 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast; 11th, 2016 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama; 7th, 2015 Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Cup; 11th, 2015 Tongyeong ITU World Cup; 2014 USA Triathlon National Champion; 3rd, 2014 Cozumel ITU World Cup
Google “Joe Maloy” and “Welcome to Miami” and you’ll find yourself linking to a video featuring a blonde, tan triathlete in a Team USA kit rapping about dominating a race to the tune of Will Smith’s hit. “It’s terribly awesome,” admits Maloy, who shot the video after placing third at the South Beach Triathlon in 2013. Terrible or not, the clip shows a goofier side of the former Jersey Shore lifeguard. But once he’s in a race? Maloy means business. “My nickname growing up was Freak because of how I go about my workout routine and competitions,” he says. “I’m a nice, laid-back guy, but you see another side of me when I’m competing.” The tactic works: Maloy, who swam at Boston College and now trains with Billington under coach Paulo Sousa, is the top-ranked American and plans to hold nothing back in Rio. “I’ve been working my whole life for this,” Maloy says.