Andy Potts

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Andy Potts : biography

December 28, 1976 –

Andrew Robert Potts (born December 28, 1976 in Hershey, Pennsylvania) is a triathlete from the United States. He competed in triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics and is the 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champion. Prior to triathlon, Potts was a swimmer where he won the bronze medal in the men’s 400m individual medley at the 1995 Summer Universiade and earned a spot on the USA Swimming national team where he would place fourth at the 1996 Olympic Trials in the 400 IM.


While attending school at Michigan, Potts met his future wife, Lisa Simes, who was a member of the University of Michigan gymnastics teams. Simes was an acrobat for the Cirque du Soleil show, O, in Las Vegas. The two married on June 30, 2004. They have a son, Boston Thomas Potts and a daughter, Sloane Potts.


Potts Graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a B.A. in English and a secondary teaching certificate. At Michigan, he swam for the University of Michigan swim team from 1995–1999, serving as team captain for the 1998–99 season. Potts was a six-time NCAA All-American swimmer while at Michigan and a two-time Big 10 individual champion. He was also a member of the Michigan track team in 1999–2000.


Potts began competing as a professional triathlete in 2003 and was named USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year. He was also the only athlete to break into the Top 100 World Rankings as a rookie. Potts competed at the second Olympic triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics after only participating in the sport of triathlon for 22 months. He placed twenty-second with a total time of 1:55:36.47. In 2005 and 2006, Potts competed in a variety ITU Triathlon World Cup races, accumulating a number of top three podium finishes and finished out the 2006 year ranked third in the world. Potts was recognized as USAT Triathlete of The Year in 2006.


In 2007, Potts won the triathlon event at the 2007 Pan American Games. Later that year, Potts would win the 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida, with a time of 3:42:33. On June 27, 2010, Potts captured his first career Ironman Triathlon win in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with a winning time of 8:24:40. His best finish at the Ironman World Championship is a 7th place finish at the 2009 Championships. He was recognized again as USAT Triathlete of The Year in 2007 and 2008.


After finishing the swim in 2nd place, Potts took the lead on the bike and finished Ironman Coeur d’Alene with a strong 1st place finish. In the fall, he set a new course record at Ironman Cozumel with a 2:52:19 marathon, the fastest time of the day. Andy Potts earned victories at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans and Ironman 70.3 (Boulder), and at Ironman 70.3 Timberman in Gilford, NH, he earned his third victory is as many attempts.


In 2011 Potts had several successful performances at the half-ironman distance, including first place finishes at Ironman 70.3 Florida in Disney World, FL, Ironman 70.3 California in Oceanside, CA, and Ironman 70.3 Vineman in Santa Rosa, CA. He also earned victories at Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon and CapTex Triathlon in Austin, TX.


In 2012, Andy Potts won the Ironman 70.3 California triathlon in Oceanside, CA for the fourth time. Later that year, Potts took first in Ironman 70.3 St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Potts is considered the winningest male ever to compete in the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, after having won the event for the 5th time in June 2012. Later in the year, Potts also won Ironman Lake Placid in Lake Placid, NY, Ironman 70.3 Austin in Austin, TX, and Ironman 70.3 Branson in Branson, MO. In 2012, he accomplished his best performance at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii with a 7th place finish as the first American.