PART BEAR. PART MAN. ALL AMERICAN
Who is Michael Lovato?
Born in Wilmington, NC, but raised in Albuquerque, NM, Michael’s early roots were established in the southwestern town a mile above sea level. Immediately drawn to every sport that was offered, he dabbled in water polo, baseball, basketball and gymnastics, before settling on soccer, swimming and track as his favorites. A jack of all trades, master of none, Michael was driven to seek other athletic challenges upon his arrival at the University of Texas in fall of 1992. Soon after arriving–in full withdrawal from his involvement in team sports–Lovato entered the UT intramural sprint triathlon, his first multisport endeavor. Struggling, but enjoying every minute of the grueling hour-and-a-half race, Michael was forever hooked on the sport.
After seven seasons of amateur racing, culminating with a 1999 trip to the World Championships in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (where he met his beautiful and talented wife, Amanda), Michael joined the pro ranks. Having changed his focus from short course to Ironman racing, Michael’s first Ironman win came in 2003 at the inaugural Ironman Coeur d’Alene. A follow-up victory came in 2006 on the shores of Tempe Town Lake, as Michael was crowned champion of Ironman Arizona. Notching several top-three Ironman finishes, and three ninth-place finishes at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship (2003, 2007, 2008), Michael has established himself as one of America’s top Ironman athletes.
When not competing or training, Michael spends his spare time with Amanda and his two muscular and athletic dogs, Luna and Blue. He resides in Boulder, Colorado for much of the year. When temperatures drop below the comfort level, he packs his Subaru, his dogs, his belongings, and his wife, and heads south to Austin, Texas for warm weather training.
If the iPod is charged and functioning, expect to witness Michael rocking out to Led Zeppelin or bumping along to the Beastie Boys. When not in his “throw-back” mode, Michael enjoys listening to multiple types of music, from country to hip-hop to rock and roll.
While Michael’s formal education prepared him to teach Spanish at the high school level, his other talents have lead him to pursue a triathlon lifestyle. In addition to spending his days training and traveling to races, señor Lovato makes himself useful at North American Ironman Events by commentating, interviewing, and entertaining sponsors.
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