One of my greatest friends in the world, Andy Baldwin has been selected as the next Bachelor for ABC TV's reality series. Tonight, following the conclusion of the last season - they made the announcement.
Click the play arrow above to hear Andy's acceptance speech at the ESA's
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I've known Andy for a long time; we've raced together and - tried to find the women of our dreams out there somewhere, because after many failed attempts to find "the one" we're both convinced that they actually exist. From the front lines of the search - I'm sure that ABC picked the right guy, because Andy's not only ready - but he's really looking for the one.
I remember this year in Ironman Canada; a car had parked on a hose we wanted to use to clean our bike chains before the race. Andy's quick response? "Hey Mitch, let's just move the car," so we did. Andy's a Dr. in the Navy and an avid, very talented triathlete and humanatarian.
Steve Gintowt, the CFO of Triathlete Magazine said - "It's hard to believe that Andy Baldwin is actually as nice as he is - but he is, and it's great to know that he's the real thing."
Andrew Baldwin will have many fans, and a few vocal non-fans. Such is the nature of Reality TV - you have 45 million people who will love him and 5 million who will be grumpy because they just like to be grumpy about stuff. C'est La Vie.
Good luck Baldwin - find her!
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Ladies, you can apply to be on the show with Andy - and see if he picks you - click here.
You will find more photos and stories about Andy in my blog postings from the last year - just scroll down far for more stories about Andy, titled - Triathlete Andrew Baldwin on a Humanitarian Mission and Lt. Andy Baldwin - The All American. He is also in some of the triathlon videos below.
For more articles and photos of Andy - click here to see this entire blog and scroll down.