Celebrity News: Miami’s Manuel Huerta wins a spot on the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team
Florida Travel Guide to Miami’s Manuel Huerta going to the Olympics
This weekend, Manuel Huerta scored well in San Diego and earned himself a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. Cuban born Huerta placed 9th in the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride, and 10-kilometer run course and those winnings have now given him a chance to compete at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Huerta’s parents brought him to the United States when he was 13, and racing on Mother’s Day weekend was an emotional moment for him. “Today is Mother’s Day weekend so this is the best gift I can give her — that I didn’t give up on my fight, on my dream. [so she doesn't give up] on her fight with cancer,” Huerta told reporters at Saturday’s event. “All those things have been on my mind, affecting me a little bit. Hopefully she’ll be in London as well watching me from the stands.”
From sleeping in an active volcano to working out close to 5,000 feet above sea level, he’s working on strengthening the cells that carry oxygen to his body and credits the altitude for his performance.
From winning his first triathlon at the IronKids National Championships in Cuba, Huerta has created an impressive list:
- a member of the USA Olympic Triathlon Team
- a member of the USA Triathlon National Team
- 2011 USAT Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year
- 2011 Pan Am Games Silver Medalist
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