Louis van Amstel
Trista was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the age of four she moved with her family to St. Louis.
An outgoing tomboy as a child, Trista loved soccer, swimming and softball. She attended university in Indiana gaining a degree in exercise science before moving to the University of Miami for her masters degree.
Trista started her career as a pediatric physical therapist at Miami Children's Hospital, but achieved overnight fame aged 29 when she was chosen to appear on ABC's hit reality show The Bachelor. She made the final two, but was not ultimately picked as The Bachelor's dream girl.
Not being chosen proved to be the best thing that ever happened to her, because Trista was then asked to become the first Bachelorette. She met the man of her dreams in handsome fireman Ryan Sutter, and after a long engagement they married in a million dollar special TV wedding.
Trista and Ryan live in Vail, Colorado.
Trista spent two seasons as a Miami Heat dancer.