Tyler Butterfield made history when he became Bermuda’s first professional triathlete in 2002. He then made his way into the record books yet again in 2004 when he became the youngest male triathlete to ever compete at an Olympic Games. He has since made the jump to long course racing and even cracked the top 5 at the Ironman World Championships in 2015.
Butterfield's athletic success is a brilliant blend of hard work and genetics. His father Jim Butterfield rowed for Bermuda at the 1972 Olympic Games, then switched to distance running and placed 17th in the marathon at the 1978 Commonwealth Games before making a final switch to the triathlon where he placed seventh at the 1981 edition of the classic Hawaii Ironman. Butterfield’s mother, Debbie, was Bermuda’s top marathon runner during the 1980s. She placed fourth in the 1985 Boston Marathon and recorded a personal best of 2:38 the same year. Butterfield will undoubtedly pass on this incredible sporting ability to his own daughter, Savana, as his wife Nikki is also a champion cyclist and triathlete. Incredibly, just five months after giving birth to Savana, Nikki returned to triathlon and won the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.
Following Athens, Butterfield decided to specialize in cycling on the European professional circuit. Among Butterfield's incredible bike victories are the 2004 Grand Prix Bermuda Cycling Race and the 2005 La Veriers - Les Essarts. He placed 11th in the road race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and won a stage of the Tour of Guadeloupe in 2006 before joining the professional Team Slipstream for the 2007 season.
Between the two disciplines, Tyler has competed at three Commonwealth Games appearances (2006 in cycling and 2002 & 2014 in triathlon). Oddly enough, claims to find his greatest strength to be the run, as evidenced by frequent course record-setting splits, including a 1:07:52 half marathon at the 2010 Ironman 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship.
In 2012 Butterfield returned to Olympic competition at the 2012 Games in London. He also claimed victory at the Pan American Championship at La Paz, Argentina, and came 2nd at Ironman Galveston 5150. The successes kept coming in 2013, with 2nd at Ironman Cozumel, 3rd at Abu Dhabi, 7th at the Ironman World Championships in Kona and 9th at the 70.3 World Championships. In 2014 he claimed victory against a formidable field at Abu Dhabi.
In 2014, Butterfield Racing (Tyler and wide Nikki) announced their partnership with Bermuda’s Cornerstone Foundation, a faith-based charity supporting at-risk and incarcerated youth in becoming productive members of society. The partnership is facilitated through More Than Sport, a non-profit organization founded by fellow pro Chris Lieto to provide a platform for professional athletes to connect their competitive efforts with charitable causes.