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Olympic Blog: Manuel Huerta
Manuel Huerta is a first-time member of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. He qualified for the Games at the 2012 ITU World Triathlon San Diego with as emotional a moment as you will ever see in sports. Throughout the course of the Olympic Games, you'll hear from the athletes and staff of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team here at usatriathlon.org.
LONDON — I’ve been so lucky that throughout the years I’ve had so many people that have given me a hand, especially the community back in Miami. Making it here to this race was kind of like me saying thank you to them for supporting me.
It’s also a way for me to thank my coaches. Even through right now I’m with Roberto Solano, and he’s the one that has guided me over these final steps, throughout my career, I’ve had some great coaches and I’ve learned a lot from them. My development was well done thanks to them. I have great sponsors, too.
And finally it’s a way to thank my family. A family goes through the same ups and downs as an athlete goes through, and they’ve been so supportive. In my family, no one has ever been an athlete, and it’s good that I can teach them what that means. There are so many people out there that don’t have too much knowledge about what goes on behind the scenes in sports. They just watch it on TV, and they don’t know what’s behind that athlete. My family has gotten as close as it gets to what it takes to make it here.
Now that we made it here, I’m excited. I’m very happy that I’m here, and sometimes I wake up in the morning and it just feels like another race — even though I did the Opening Ceremony and experienced everything. It’s not until I jump in that water, start going at it and finish that race that I think it will really sink in.
The Opening Ceremony was a great experience for me. It got me even more pumped. I was so used to watching it on TV and to be a part of it was so cool. We’re marching down and you get to see the NBA players and the track and field guys. You get to see all the athletes from other countries, and we all have the same goal and that was to make it here and do the best we can. I’m going to do the Closing Ceremony as well — I want to go through everything with this Olympic Games.