Thomas Joseph Lavin (born December 7, 1976) is an American BMX racer and, since its eleventh season, the host of MTV’s reality competition series The Challenge.
T.J. Lavin is a $9 million BMX racer, television personality, and singer from the United States. T.J. Lavin amassed his fortune as a sponsored dirt jumper and BMX rider. Throughout his career, he has also acquired a number of sponsorship agreements and is the presenter of the MTV reality programme series The Challenge.
Thomas Joseph Lavin was born in the Nevada city of Las Vegas. Lavin learned to ride a bike when he was two years old. At the age of nineteen, he became a professional and won his first pro contest.
Lavin’s passion for BMX began when he was two years old, and he competed until he was fifteen. Lavin gave up racing to pursue a career in dirt jumping, which he did professionally at the age of nineteen. When Lavin was in high school, he attempted wrestling.
He was born Thomas Joseph Lavin in 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and began riding motorcycles at the age of 15. At the age of 19, he became a pro and has won nearly every tournament he has entered, including the X Games and the Dew Action Sports Tour. He also trained himself to play the piano and established a recording studio in his house, in addition to riding. He produced a few singles, including “Soldier” in 2008, which is a homage to his long-time buddy Stephen Murray, who was seriously injured in a car accident while on the AST Dew Tour.
Lavin crashed and was transported to the hospital in 2010 while competing in a Dew Tour event in Las Vegas. He was placed in a medically induced coma due to his grave injuries, and he acquired pneumonia shortly after. He resumed breathing on his own a few days later and finally recovered completely. He is presently the host of MTV’s The Challenge series, and he also acted in the indie film A Monster Among Men, which was released in 2012. He married Roxanne Sioridia, his longtime girlfriend, the same year, after being together for nearly eight years. T.J. Lavin was the subject of the film T.J. Lavin.
TJ Lavin and his daughter Raquel Lavin
He’s competed in competitions like as the X Games and the Dew Tour. He won bronze three times, silver once, and gold three times in the X Games (One was Australian). He’s a DK Dirt Circuit Champion, a Gravity Games Champion, a European Championship Winner, and a CFB Champion. He was dubbed “King of Dirt” in 1995. In his backyard, he has a one-acre (0.40 hectare) BMX track with manicured paths and dirt jumps. On October 14, 2010, Lavin was competing in a Dew Tour event in Las Vegas when he crashed and was transported to the hospital.
He was placed in a medically induced coma due to his grave injuries, and he acquired pneumonia shortly after. On October 20, Lavin’s friend Chas Aday stated that Lavin was breathing on his own, obeying simple directions such as squeezing hands or giving thumbs-up to physicians and that he was anticipated to make a full recovery. On November 16, 2010, Lavin was able to return home. He is regarded as one of the all-time best BMX riders.
Lavin, who is self-taught on the piano, utilised his home studio to create and distribute an album called LAVS the First SET. Lavin’s track “Soldier” was published in 2008 as a homage to his long-time buddy Stephen Murray. Stephen was involved in a car accident during the Dew Action Sports Tour in Baltimore. On June 22, 2007, he suffered a catastrophic spinal injury while attempting a double backflip. The Stephen Murray Family Fund received 100% of the proceeds from the single.
T. J. Lavin is the subject of the film T. J. Lavin. On an episode of MTV’s Cribs, he made an appearance. Lavin is the subject of a video game: T. J. Lavin’s Ultimate BMX on MTV Sports. Since the eleventh season of MTV’s reality competition shows The Challenge (originally titled Real World/Road Rules Challenge), he has hosted spin-offs, specials, and MTV’s reality competition show The Challenge (formerly titled Real World/Road Rules Challenge).
TJ Lavin with his girlfriend Roxanne Siordia
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet 2 (2005–2006)
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat (2006)
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel (2006–2007)
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno 3 (2007)
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet III (2008)
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island (2008)
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel II (2009)
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins (2009)
Spring Break Challenge (2010)
The Challenge: Fresh Meat II (2010)
The Challenge: Cutthroat (2010)
The Challenge: Rivals (2011)
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes (2012)
The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons (2012)
The Challenge: Rivals II (2013)
The Challenge: Free Agents (2014)
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II (2015)
The Challenge: Battle of the Bloodlines (2015–2016)
T.J. Lavin has a $9 million net worth. His money came mostly from his work as a BMX racer and television personality. He is best known for hosting MTV’s The Challenge. Meanwhile, he is a musician who recently published the album LAVS the First SET. In fact, in 2000, he received his own BMX-themed Playstation game, MTV Sports: T.J. Lavin’s Ultimate BMX, which was just re-released on PS5.