As a kid, Tony was a natural misfit in team sports, getting cut from 7 different teams in baseball, basketball, football and even hockey. He finally gave up altogether on his dream of being an athlete and found himself struggling not just in sports, but in school and in life. That all changed when he started running.
Five decades later, Tony is not only still racing, he has consistently been recognized as one of the most successful master's aged triathletes in the world.
"They say the first cut is the deepest. Being cut in 6th grade from the baseball team at St. Lukes was the first of many setbacks."
"It was thrilling to race on the junior varsity at St. Paul Highland Park. One of my great thrills was as a JV runner, cheering on the varsity to 3rd place at the 1973 state cross country meet."
"In the late '70s, Coach Bob Keister was the first coach to believe in me. He taught me how to eliminate the self-imposed limitations I had clung to. Coach K taught me how to be a winner."
"After racing in the 1984 Olympic Marathon Trials, I was physically and mentally burned out and needed a change and entered my first triathlon. It was like starting all over again, but I was hooked and 4-decades later still love it!"
"The sport of triathlon has taken me around the world - to 7 age group world championships, and USA Triathlon Triathlete of the Year honors (overall amateur in 1995, master of the year twice in 2002 & 2015)"
"After winning two national titles in 2019, the 2020 nationals were cancelled due to the pandemic. After the long wait to return to racing, it was a thrill to successfully defend both national championships in 2021.