Meet the men and women aiming for the title of ‘Wall Street’s Best Athlete’

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Five-time champion Mark Rubin is not returning
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Meet the men and women aiming for the title of ‘Wall Street’s Best Athlete.’

The annual decathlon event, where the financial industry’s finest compete in events inspired by the NFL Scouting Combine and the Olympic Decathlon, is some way off. The New York event isn’t scheduled until June.

But already many of the competitors are in training.

The big news is that Mark Rubin, the five-time winner and defending champion, is not planning to return.

“I don’t blame him after five in a row and last year’s story-book ending,” Randy Giveans, who placed third in the 2016 edition behind Rubin, told Business Insider.

The Goldman Sachs’ team led by Tom Tesauro and Melvis Langyintuo that won back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 isn’t returning either. That opens up the field for those hoping to take the men’s title and the team title.

The event has raised close to $8 million for charity, and now has regional events in Boston, Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco. It’s also shown on TV on NBCSN. The events are: 400m run, football throw, pull-ups, 40yd dash, dips, 500m row, vertical jump, 20yd shuttle sprint, bench press, and 800m run.

Here’s a look at some of those hoping to take a title in the 2017 edition:


Michael Greco – KGS Alpha

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Greco ranked second in the 2016 edition of the event behind five-time champion Mark Rubin, and is the early favorite for the 2017 edition.

A former quarterback at University of Central Florida, he switched to safety in his senior year, and went on to earn an NFL championship ring with the Green Bay Packers. You can watch a clip of him in pre-NFL draft training here.

He now works in fixed income sales at KGS Alpha in Boca Raton.


Randy Giveans – Jefferies

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Giveans, a vice-president in equity research at Jefferies in Houston, placed third in 2016, winning the 400 meter event. He is planning to return in 2017 in a bid to take the title.


Michael Bennett – JPMorgan

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Bennett is an investment specialist at JPMorgan in New York.


Laura Placentra – Citigroup

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Placentra, a distressed credit trader at Citigroup, is a two-time champion returning in search of a third title.


Katie Davis – TD Securities

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Katie Davis, a debt capital markets associate at TD Securities, ran Placentra close in 2016.


Clinton Biondo – Fir Tree Partners

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Biondo, managing director at Fir Tree Partners, is aiming for a fifth consecutive title in the executive category.


David Lazarus – Trillium Trading

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Lazarus heads up the Miami office at Trillium Trading, a digital trading firm. He won the 40-49 age group category in the 2016 edition of decathlon.

“I train year round for this event and really enjoy the motivation it gives me to keep in shape,” he told Business Insider.