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Immigrant of the Day: Manuel Huerta - Olympic Triathlete

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Four years ago I honored a number of members of the US Olympic Team with Immigrant of the Day designation. How time flies.


I'm pleased to list the first of a growing list of immigrants who will represent America in London next month. It's going to be especially interesting for me because I'll be in London for the Games and have gotten my hands on tickets for a couple of events.


I'm enthusiastic about our first honoree because it's the sport in which I participate. I've done four triathlons this year and am starting to follow what is happening at the pro and elite levels of the sport. Manny Huerta migrated from Cuba to my home town of Miami at the age of 13 in 1997. Unlike other athletes, he probably would not have been able to compete in the Olympics were it not for his moving to America. His family has a history opposing the government of Cuba and Manny likely would have been denied the opportunity to represent the country. Manny has also faced personal challenges of late. His father recently died from colon cancer and his mother is fighting skin cancer.


Despite this tough news, he's having a strong year and had an excellent Olympic trial so here's hoping he brings home one of many medals for Team USA.


[UPDATE: In the world of funny coincidences, I just found out my bike shop - Victory Bicycle Studio - in little Memphis, Tennessee is actually building Huerta the bike he's going to be using in London. Really cool!]

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