Did you Know?
The Cuban-born Huerta came to the U.S. at age 13 with his family in search of a better life and became a U.S. citizen at age 20. Earning the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the Olympic Games with a ninth-place finish at the May 12 ITU World Triathlon San Diego was a “dream come true.” When training at altitude, Huerta often lives and trains on the active Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica.
Getting to Know Manuel Huerta
• Moved to the U.S. from his native Cuba in 1997
• Often trains and lives on the active Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica
• He often sleeps at a farm at higher altitude (7,217 feet) and trains at lower altitude (5,249 feet)
• Favorite meal to cook is rice and beans
• Favorite professional sports teams are the Miami Heat, New York Yankees and Real Madrid
• Favorite all-time Olympic moment is the U.S. 4x100-meter freestyle relay in Beijing
• Enjoys spearfishing and surfing in the ocean
Follow Manuel on Twitter: @trimanny
Read more about Manuel's accomplishments on his bio page by clicking here.