Tyler Butterfield Going After Olympic Spot

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  • Published Dec 22, 2011
  • Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM UTC

Butterfield will need to boost his world ranking to earn an Olympic berth.

Tyler Butterfield’s push for a place in next year’s London Olympics has been boosted by a large increase in sponsor support.

The professional triathlete and his wife, Nikki, a top cyclist and triathlete, have signed new deals with Tokio Millennium Reinsurance and Philadelphia Insurance Companies, worth more than they received this year.

“We’re extremely grateful for the support of both Tokio Millennium Reinsurance and Philadelphia Insurance Companies,” said Butterfield. “Having non-endemic sponsors see the value of our sport is quite rewarding, and the added incentive of an aggressive bonus schedule gives us that extra push to perform each time we toe a starting line.”

Nikki has also signed a new three-year contract with Specialized Bicycles, a comprehensive partnership including the bicycle, helmet and shoe categories.

“I’m super excited to be on board with Specialized,” she said. “Without question, they manufacture the best bikes and equipment in the industry, and they’re purely a pleasure to work with. I couldn’t ask for a better bike sponsor.”

Meanwhile, Butterfield Racing, have announced a new management team with Sean (Wattie) Watkins, under the auspices of Wattie Ink., serving as the exclusive managing agent.

According to a press release put out by the Butterfields, Watkins has served in various capacities in triathlon and cycling and is well known and widely respected for his numerous long-standing industry relationships.

He’s currently pursuing a variety of opportunities on behalf of both Butterfields.

The couple will use Boulder, Colo. as their base for the next three months with Tyler heading to La Paz in Argentina in January for the La Paz PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships which represents an important step in accumulating ITU points towards the Bermudian’s world ranking.

It’s this ranking that will ultimately determine whether he is granted an Olympic spot.

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