Who is Paul Edward Hospenthal?
Paul Edward Hospenthal was born in Tacoma, Washington State USA, on 5 June 1965 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. He is a physical therapist and a golf trainer, but who might be known best for being the ex-husband of Danica Patrick, a former professional NASCAR racing driver.
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Early life and education
Paul was raised alongside his brother in Tacoma, by their father who was a car mechanic, and their mother who worked at a local law firm as a secretary.
Paul became physically active while attending high school, as he played soccer and football while he was also interested in acting, singing and playing the guitar. As he was playing sports and saw numerous injuries, he steadily became interested in medicine, and decided to work towards becoming a physical therapist for professional sportspeople. Upon matriculation in 1983, Paul enrolled at the University of Puget Sound, and there ran for the school’s track team, competing mostly in 400m races – he graduated in 1987 and continued his education at Western Michigan University, from which he graduated with a Master’s degree in sports medicine in 1989.
Paul launched his career as a physical therapist not long after obtaining his Master’s degree, and around the same time started competing as a professional golfer. He steadily built a name for himself among those interested in golf, and this also led to him working with several famous sportspeople as their therapist.
Since his divorce from Danica, Paul has been staying away from media attention, but it’s known that he has continued with his career as a physical therapist, and has also started teaching both rookies and professionals how to play golf, while he also still occasionally competes himself.
Love life and marriage with Danica Patrick
Paul met Danica in the early 2000s when he worked as her physical therapist, and in 2004 Danica announced that they were engaged, and showed her diamond engagement ring to media.
Sometime in 2005 the two married in a private ceremony, attended by their closest friends and family – the media wasn’t informed about the wedding until later – as they knew very little about Paul, they became interested in learning who he was, and this is mostly how Paul became popular. It was later revealed that Danica was having an affair with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., a race car driver, which lead to her and Paul divorcing in 2013, while she went on dating Ricky until 2017.
Paul and Danica didn’t have any children because she didn’t want to have any, but she eventually tried to become pregnant with her latest boyfriend Aaron Rodgers, a footballer playing for the Green Bay Packers, however, this has been without luck.
Paul hasn’t talked about any other women he might have dated, so as of November 2020, he appears to be single, was once married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Paul has been very sporting since his teenage years, and has played numerous sports, today mostly just for fun with his friends. He is also keen on playing board games, and his favorite is “The Settlers of Catan”.
Paul is keen on travelling, and his career has taken him all around the US, while he’s also been to many European countries for both work and pleasure, such as England, France and Germany, as well as to Asia and Africa on a couple of occasions.
He is a lover of animals and has a pet dog, while his favorite ‘animals’ are sea lions.
In his spare time, Paul is keen on watching movies starring some of his favorite actors – Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jim Carrey – such as “I, Robot”, “Independence Day” and “Bruce Almighty”.
Age and height
Paul’s age is 55. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).
As of November 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million, while Danica’s net worth is reputedly over $60 million.
Who is Danica Patrick?
Danica Sue Patrick was born in Beloit, Wisconsin USA on 25 March 1982 – her zodiac sign is Aries and she holds American nationality. She has retired from racing as the most successful female driver in the history of American NASCAR and open-wheel racing.
Danica was raised alongside her younger sister Brooke, in Roscoe, Illinois by her parents Terry Joseph ‘T. J.’ Patrick Jr., and Beverly Ann, who met on a blind date and were the owners of a glass company as well as of a coffee shop. Danica’s sister has become a pediatric physical therapist.
Danica studied at Hononegah Community High School at which she was a cheerleader, while she was also an avid go-kart racer as her parents bought her and her sister a kart each when Danica was 10. She raced at Sugar River Raceway, finishing second in front of 18 other drivers, and then went on to practice driving snowmobiles and midget cars. Also riding motorcycles. After turning 13, Danica travelled all around Midwestern US competing in kart races, while she won ten regional titles as well as becoming the World Karting Association Grand National Champion in ’94, ’96 and ’97.
She attend Lyn St. James Foundation Driver Development Program in 1996, and was later hired to race on the UK racing circuit, but under the condition of attending one of the best driving schools – Danica soon found herself attending three schools. From 1998 to 2004, she competed in junior formulae, then in 2005 she was invited to join Rahal Letterman Racing, competing in the US IndyCar Series, staying with them until 2007 when she joined Andretti Green Racing.
In August 2011, she announced that she would switch to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and
competed in NASCAR until 7 March 2018 when she retired, finishing her NASCAR career without any wins, but finishing seven races in the top ten out of the 191 that she raced in.
She is interested in various other things including wine, and is the owner of her own wine brand Somnium, standing for ‘dream’ in Latin. Danica is also an actress, having appeared in the 2010 episode “The Formula” of the police procedural drama series “CSI: NY”, the episode “How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window” of the animated sitcom “The Simpsons” (voice role), and an episode of the computer animated children’s series “Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures” (another voice role) – in 2019, she made a cameo appearance in the action comedy movie “Charlie’s Angels”.