Triathlete Ben Collins attributes his swimming prowess to having learned to swim quickly in order to catch salmon by hand as a child growing up in Seattle, Washington. While the competition between boy and salmon certainly sounds like a thrilling children’s adventure, Collins would later find more suitable swimming competitors as a member of the Men's Swim Team at Columbia University in New York.
After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Collins moved to Honolulu where he worked designing autonomous underwater vehicles. While attempting to build a fleet of underwater robots designed to take over the world, he says he discovered that fun could be had not just in the ocean but on land as well, so he took up triathlons. That year, he won the 2006 Honolulu Triathlon and came second overall in the USA Age Group National Championships. A year later, he Collins won the 2007 U.S. and World Amateur World Championships. He then competed for the U.S. National Team in draft-legal triathlon from 2008 to 2012, but eventually decided to start focusing on Olympic Distance Non-Drafting races, where his stellar cycling talent is less useful to his competitors.
A self-described coffee snob, Collins certainly doesn’t need caffeine to power him through a race. In 2011, he won the Nautica New York City Triathlon. In 2012, Collins made a last-minute decision to travel to South America and compete in the Lima ITU Triathlon Premium Pan American Cup in February. His spontaneity paid off, and Collins won the race by nearly a minute over his next closest competitor. At the 2012 Nautica South Beach Triathlon in Miami in April, Collins finished second but was the fastest cyclist. Later that month, he again finished second and fastest rider at the 2012 St Anthony's Triathlon in St Petersburg, Florida. He was also second in the 2012 Nautica New York City Triathlon in July.
Collins was also a member of USA Triathlon’s Project 2012 Development Program, which was designed to provide administrative, performance, and financial support structure to assist athletes in their development toward podium performances on the international stage. Currently living in Chicago with a dog and a cat that share his love of seafood and long runs with intermittent breaks to jump into a lake, Collins will next tackle the Hy-Vee Championships.
||Super Sprint Tri Grand Prix (Las Vegas - during interbike)
||Dallas Toyota Cup Series Championships