Hometown: Wildwood Crest, N.J.
Coach: Paulo Sousa
Pro debut: 2010
Two-sentence triathlon backstory: I started racing triathlon in 2008, and then decided the sport needed me in 2010. As my friends like to say, “Joe’s late to everything but a finish line.”
Triathlon love: Triathlon really hooked me because of the way it combines competing with others and racing oneself. The combination of sports and longer duration of the race make for loads of mental games to play as you compete.
Spirit animal: A bottlenose dolphin. They’re social and love to play.
Coveted superpower: To always know where I put my keys, wallet and cell phone.
Thoughts on Rio: Pride and excitement. Being an athlete is all about responding to situations. Sometimes you need to “think,” and sometimes you need to “do.” Never do either one too many times in a row.
How would your best friends describe you? They’d say, “You’re going to need so sit down and let me get you a drink, this is going to take a while.”
Pre-race pump up music: “What’s My Name” by DMX
What does representing the U.S. mean to you? It’s about being on a team—representing something bigger than yourself. We can all be a part of that.