Growing up, Mandy always participated in a wide variety of activities. Her involvement with sports began with competitive swimming at age five. Her interest in athletics continued throughout high school, which led to a track/field scholarship at Clemson University. At Clemson Mandy excelled as a pole-vaulter and heptathlete, and at the end of her college career was an Olympic hopeful until a serious injury took her out of the game. A highly energetic and motivated woman, not only does Mandy dedicate her time and energy to pro-level triathlons, in 2004 she founded Freedom of Speech LLC – a speech and language therapy business.