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A Quick Study
Just 22 months before Athens, Potts quit his job as a sales rep for a payroll company in Chicago, bought a bike and decided to give triathlons a try, citing a lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. He'd nearly been to the Sydney Games as a swimmer, finishing in 4th in the 400 IM at the 1996 Olympic Trials. In 2003, he became the only rookie to break into International Triathlon Union Top 100 World Rankings, and was named USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year. He then qualified for Athens by finishing in 11th place at the 2004 Worlds.

Continuing to improve
Nicknamed "Bootsie," Potts finished in 22nd place at the 2004 Games in Athens. In 2006, he was named 2006 USA Triathlon Triathlete of the Year, after finishing the season ranked number three in the world. He won the 2007 U.S. National Championship in May and the Pan Am Games in July.

She's his Inspiration
Potts' wife Lisa is a former Canadian National Team gymnast and Cirque du Soleil performer. The two met at the University of Michigan. In November of 2004, Lisa was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Her fight with the disease inspired Andy to continue racing after Athens, and he has since become the top American in the sport. Lisa has not yet been declared cancer-free, but is now doing well enough that the couple welcomed a son, Boston Thomas this past May.

 



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