Florida Atlantic University
Birthday: March 22, 1984
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
College: Florida Atlantic University
- 2012 Olympic Games, 50th place
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Member
2011 USAT Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year
2011 Pan American Games Silver Medalist
Elite Triathlon Career
Note: Huerta still competes in triathlon as a member of the Puerto Rico federation as of 2013.
2012: Member of USA Triathlon National Team and a 2012 U.S. Olympian • Finished 2012 ranked as the No. 3 American and 48th overall in the ITU World Triathlon Series rankings • Placed third at the Sept. 8 Guatape ITU World Cup to earn his first career ITU World Cup podium finish • Made his Olympic Games debut Aug. 7 in London, placing 51st after suffering a stomach illness throughout the race • Finished fifth at the sprint-distance Edmonton ITU World Cup on July 8 • Placed second at the June 2 Dallas ITU Pan American Cup • Qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team by placing ninth at the May 12 ITU World Triathlon San Diego for his top career WTS finish • Recorded a 30:44 run 10k run split in San Diego to run his way onto the London roster • Finished third at the Bridgetown ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup on Feb. 12 • Placed 14th at the season-opening PATCO Pan American Championships on Jan. 15.
2011: Named the 2011 USA Triathlon Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year • Placed ninth and was the top U.S. finisher at the sprint-distance 2011 Guatape ITU World Cup • Earned the silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico • Wrapped up the 2011 ITU World Championship Series ranked as the No. 3 American and 57th overall • Placed sixth at the 2011 Huatulco ITU World Cup • Finished as the top American and was 25th overall at the 2011 London WCS event on the 2012 Olympic Games course • Placed fourth at the 2011 San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island, an ITU Pan American Cup event • Finished 24th and was the top U.S. finisher at the 2011 Kitzbühel WCS stop • Was the runner-up at the 2011 Ixtapa ITU Pan American Cup • Finished 15th at the 2011 Monterrey ITU World Cup and was 16th at the 2011 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup • Finished second at the Olympic-distance 2011 Rev3 Costa Rica
2010: Finished the 2010 ITU World Championship Series ranked No. 44 in the world and as the No. 3 American • Placed 13th at the 2010 Hamburg ITU World Championship Series event in just his second career WCS start • Finished 24th at the 2010 Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup • Made his ITU World Championship Series debut in Madrid in 2010 • Took fifth at the 2010 Monterrey ITU World Cup and followed with a second straight World Cup top-10 finish with a seventh-place showing at the Ishigaki ITU World Cup • Placed fourth at the 2010 La Paz ITU Pan American Cup
2009 and earlier: Finished second at the 2009 Balneario Camboriu Pan American Cup race and was 15th at the Pan American Championship in Oklahoma City • Took 20th at the 2008 Mooloolaba World Cup race • Won the 2008 La Paz ITU Pan American Cup race and was third at the Vina del Mar ITU Pan American event • 2006 USAT under-23 national champion • Placed second at the ITU Honolulu Continental Cup in 2006 • Was sixth at ITU Under-23 World Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2006 • Took second at the at ITU Bridgeport Continental Cup in 2006 • Placed second at the ITU Rincon event in 2004.
Nickname is Manny • Has a dog, Bobby • Favorite foods are ice cream and pizza • Enjoys playing video games, watching soccer and baseball • First triathlon was in Cuba at the Cuban IronKids National Championship, which he won • Moved to the U.S. from his native Cuba at age 13 and became a U.S. citizen at age 20.