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Andy Potts Biography

Since turning professional in 2003, Andy has established himself as one of the most versatile and dominant triathletes in the world. Along the way, he has racked up race wins in every distance, became an Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Olympian(2004-Athens) and Ironman Champion.

Typically, you will see Andy emerge from the swim in first place and rightfully so; Andy made a name for himself early in his sporting career as a swimmer. He was a 6-time NCAA All-American at the University of Michigan and a former USA Swimming National Team Member.

Andy's transition to triathlon success is a combination of hard work, dedication and a desire to make his wife, his kids and himself proud. Andy prides himself on being a good role model for his family and working effortlessly to be the best father, husband and triathletes he can be.

Career Highlights

  • Olympian
  • Ironman 70.3 World Champion
  • 4 Ironman Champion
  • 20+ Ironman 70.3 Champion
  • Race to the Toyota Cup Champion
  • 5 x Escape From Alcatraz Champion (record)
  • Fastest Ironman 70.3 Run ever (1.07.15)


How did you start in your sport?
I grew up as a swimmer. Represented the USA as a member of our National Team in swimming. Swam at the University of Michigan. First triathlon was when I was 26 years old. I use all the lessons I learned from swimming to my career as a triathlete. Been a professional triathlete since 2003. On a whim because I didn't want a real job anymore. Thought I'd make a good triathlete because of my childhood spent swimming, biking, and running.

What does a typical training day look like?
Long! 2.5 hrs biking, 1 hour running, 1.5 hours swimming, then add in stretching and core/weight work - hard work pays off in our sport!

What keeps you passionate about your sport?
The opportunity to reach my full potential and see how good I can be at it!

What continues to drive you forward?
Exploring my limits and redefining my boundaries as an athlete and person.

What made you realize you had made it?
The first time I had an organization give me gear because I earned it through my performance (swimming and triathlon national teams, Olympic team, Michigan swim team, and of course team ASICS!)

Hanging with my family, reading and eating


Check out ASICS triathlete Andy Potts taking his 5th win at this year's IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside. His final sprint to victory was extremely intense, coming from behind in the last leg, destroying his opponents' leads an claiming #1 with a final burst of energy. Congratulations Andy!


The 2012 IRONMAN World Championship was a momentous event this year. ASICS triathletes Pete Jacobs and Andy Potts taking the big win, and the 1st American to finish, respectively. This video follows these elite triathletes from pre-race to post-win during their time in Kona, HI.

What Andy Is Saying