IN HIS GENES
At age 21, Butterfield made his way into the record books in 2004 when he became the youngest male triathlete to compete at an Olympic Games. This achievement, like the rest of his career, reflects a brilliant blend of hard work and genetics. His father Jim rowed for Bermuda at the 1972 Olympics, then switched to distance running and placed 17th in the marathon at the 1978 Commonwealth Games before making a final switch to the triathlon and placing 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.The family’s athletic legacy is in very good hands, what with Tyler tying the knot with champion cyclist and triathlete Nikki Egyed. Just five months after giving birth to Savana, the first of the couple’s two children, Nikki returned to triathlon and won the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.
Following the 2004 Athens Olympics, Butterfield decided to specialize in cycling on the European pro circuit. His bike victories include 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 Team Slipstream for the 2007 season.
Between cycling and triathlon, Butterfield has competed in three Commonwealth Games: 2006 in cycling, and 2002 and 2014 in triathlon. However, he cites distance running as his greatest strength. And for good reason: Just look at his 1:07:52 half marathon at the 2010 Ironman 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship.
In 2012 Butterfield returned to Olympic triathlon competition at the 2012 Games in London, and went on to claim victory at the Pan American Championship in La Paz, Argentina, and came second at Ironman Galveston 5150. The successes kept coming in 2013, with second at Ironman Cozumel, third in Abu Dhabi, seventh at the Ironman World Championships and ninth at the 70.3 World Championships.
In 2014, Tyler and Nikki’s Butterfield Racing announced a partnership with Bermuda’s Cornerstone Foundation, a faith-based charity supporting at-risk and incarcerated youth. 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.
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