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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. 

Manuel Aims to Make His New Country Proud

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.