2012 & 2016 Olympian and Professional Triathlete
Manny is a is a Cuban-born professional triathlete and Olympian that has competed with both the U.S. and Puerto Rican Olympic Teams.
As a child in Cuba, Manny would wake early each morning to swim at the Marcelo Salado pool in Havana. At age six, after practicing alongside the Cuban national swimming team, he first began to think of competing in the Olympics himself, and two years later watched on television as Cuban athletes participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Soon after his first triathlon at age 13, where he placed first in the Cuban IronKids national championship, Manny joined his grandmother in the United States along with his sister and mother. During high school, Manny joined a triathlon club and competed in cross-country. He received a scholarship to attend Florida Atlantic University and at age 20, he became a naturalized United States citizen.
In 2011, Manny competed in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he placed a close second to Brazil’s Reinaldo Colucci, winning the silver medal. Manny qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London during the U.S. Olympic Team trials in San Diego, and his appearance in Rio at the 2016 Olympics was the first time representing Puerto Rico as a triathlete.
To compete at the highest level, Manny also trains at the “highest level.” Manny prepares himself by working out 7000 feet above sea level in an active volcano in Costa Rica. This unique regimen allows more oxygen to travel through his body, producing better red blood cells in the altitude than at normal ground levels. According to Manny, this preparation produces the best results and increases his stamina for his triathlon events.
Manny’s other athletic accomplishments include earning the 2014 Puerto Rico Olympic Committee Triathlete of the Year award, winning silver and bronze medals at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, being ranked the #3 American in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship Series final rankings, being named the 2011 USA Triathlon Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year, and being named the 2006 USA Triathlon under-23 national champion.