Wisconsin man hopes his weight transformation leads to appearance in 2020 Olympics

Posted at 9:05 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 22:05:17-05

Anthony Haliwell, is living his dream.

"I believe in myself," Haliwell said.

When we caught up with him one year ago he was working toward his weight loss goals.

"From 152 like this. That's great!" Haliwell said.

90 pounds, and plenty of sweat equity.

"Yes I'm crazier than ever," Haliwell said with a laugh. "I work out 6 to 8 hours per day."

Haliwell is attempting to make the first U.S. Karate team in the Olympics, as one of the oldest competitors.

"Today I'm 28," Haliwell said.

But what he's lost in youth, he's gained in experience.

"It would mean the world to me to make the team. I've had to overcome a lot of obstacles," he said.

Haliwell will be one of the first, to see the Olympic venue in Tokyo.

"I'm going next month...80 countries will be in there," Haliwell said.

He wants to make everyone proud.

"I stay in Wisconsin...I'm from Wisconsin," Haliwell said. "To be an example that you can do anything you can achieve."

His motivation? An Olympic great.

"Michael Phelps," Haliwell said without hesitation.

And making a podium, and hearing the American Anthem?

"I would cry, I know I would cry," Haliwell said.