- Full Name Thomas Joseph Lavin
- Nickname T. J. Lavin
- Birth Date Dec 07, 1976
- Age 45 Years, 8 Months
- Ethnicity White
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Las Vegas, NV, USA
- Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
- Occupation BMX rider and TV host
- Relationship Status Married
- Wife Roxanne Lavin
- Wedding Date 2012
- Height 1.83 m
- Net Worth $9 million
T.J. Lavin | BiographyHost of MTV's reality competition series 'The Challenge'
T. J. Lavin is a popular American BMX rider and host of MTV's reality competition series 'The Challenge.'
Who is T. J. Lavin?
Born on 7 December 1976 in Las Vegas, NV, Thomas Joseph Lavin aka T. J. Lavin is a BMX specialist who grabbed three gold medals in an X Games competition.
Also, a high school wrestler, Lavin started riding bikes when he was two years old. He raced BMX bikes until he was 15, stopped racing, and shifted to dirt jumping.
Lavin followed his BMX dreams and was already a professional by 19.
From 1995 to 2010, he became the DK Dirt Circuit Champion, winner of the European championship, a Gravity Games champion, and a CFB champion. Additionally, he was also crowned as 'King of the Dirt.'
Host of 'The Challenge'
Lavin hosted his first season of The Challenge in 2008. After that, he hosted the 11th season titled The Gauntlet II. The Challenge previously didn't entertain set hosts before Lavin's entry. However, he has continued appearing for every season. He hosted the show from 2005 to 2019.
During an episode of the official Challenge podcast, he sat with veterans Tori Deal and Aneesa Ferreira. There he talked about the show and how he landed the gig.
According to Lavin, one morning, he saw Vinnie Potestivo, an MTV production executive, who was unknown to him.
Potestivo cleaned his porch and chose to help, developing a friendship. Shortly, Potestivo invited him over to his office, and their interaction initiated the idea of executive pitching Lavin the hosting gig. Later, the BMX rider met with Bunim/Murray, a production company based in Los Angeles, and consequently bagged the hosting position.
Besides The Challenge, Lavin has also hosted Spring Break Challenge (2010) and Robot Chicken (2016). Similarly, he produced and acted in a 2013 movie named Beast: A Monster Among Men.
Who is T. J. Lavin's Wife?
The BMX rider is married to Roxanne Lavin, whose maiden name is Siordia. The couple was in an affair for eight years before their marriage. The couple tied the knot in the year 2012 on the occasion of their anniversary.
Roxanne already had a daughter named Raquel from her previous relationship. TJ adopted Raquel after he married Roxanne.
Roxane's Instagram suggests she is a Las Vegas-based health coach, plant-based nutritionist, personal trainer, and Pilates instructor. She also runs a website named All Things Plant-Based, which offers fitness and health coaching.
The BMX rider met with a tragic accident at a BMX event on 14 October 2010. He crashed his bike after he lost control while performing a jump. The accident's severity was so high that he had to undergo a medically induced coma for more than a week. Nevertheless, he completely recovered from the accident before his marriage.
Likewise, in August 2018, he again met with an accident. Levin got injured in a BMX stunt in Las Vegas, causing a scar on his forehead and multiple wounds on his face.
How Much Does T. J. Lavin Make Per Episode? Know His Net Worth
Lavin's actual pay for presenting The Challenge is unknown. While some believe he earns more than $300,000 per year, neither he nor anybody at MTV has ever acknowledged that figure. However, he has a whopping $9 million net worth as of 2022, according to Celebrity Net Worth.