Tyler Butterfield with wife Nikki and daughter Savannah. *Photo by Mikaela Pearman
Tyler Butterfield with wife Nikki and daughter Savannah. *Photo by Mikaela Pearman

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11: Bermuda needs athletes who work hard and are talented in order to medal at the Olympics.

This is according to triathlete Tyler Butterfield who spoke to reporters after landing on the British Airways flight tonight.

He flew in with wife Nikki and daughter Savannah and thanked Bermuda for supporting him in the games.

The 29-year-old came 34th out of 57 in the men’s triathlon earlier this week.

Asked if Bermuda has what it takes to medal, Butterfield said: ““It’s not that we’re not working hard enough.

“We need the talent and the hard work.

“Someone quite young has to realise how important it is.

“Another thing we could get better at is we want these young people to realise they can have a career and represent their country.”

He continued: “Here, you hit 16 and it’s motorbikes, parties and girls and it’s a hard one to keep doing sports.

“Going to bed early and waking up and 5 in the morning to swim or ride your bike and that’s why it’s great to see Roy Allan Burch come through.

“It’s early mornings and its not all the glamour of the Olympics every day.

“It only comes around every four years.

As far as how Bermudian athletes performed in London, Butterfield said: “I can only speak for myself.

“I don’t know enough about the other sports.

“I’m sure some people look at 34th out of 57th and say I was in the back end or the middle but the guy who won could’ve gone to the Olympics for biking, swimming or running.”

He continued: “I’m probably 20 percent better than I was eight years ago and the sports probably 20 percent better.

“It’s important to keep moving forward.

“Bermuda is moving forward but to get a top ten or a top five or a medal, Bermuda has to make a huge jump as we’ve had one ever, a bronze.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve done worse than other years and its different.”

Butterfield said it’s important to realise we come from a small country and are competing against much larger nations.

“It’s hard because we want a medal but it’s unrealistic.

“I knew I wasn’t going to get a medal.

“You have to be on the start line to even have a chance.

“You have to be realistic otherwise you’re going to set yourself up for failure.

“I’m excited to move forward. 

“I’m still improving.

“I think we did quite well.

“It’s doing your country proud.”

“Bermuda’s not going to get a lot of coverage but when you see your country on a jersey, you get excited and that’s what it’s about.

“Hopefully someday we will get someone like Kirani James from Grenada.

“A country of 110,000 and he won a medal.”

As far as his own performance, Butterfield said: “The race was closer.

“I’ve been working hard trying to qualify.

“My swim is what I’ve been working on the most.

“It doesn’t really show but you have to work on your weakness.”

He continued: “The last three months, basically seven days a week, I’ve been swimming.

“I’ve definitely been pushing that.

“I didn’t quite get to show how my swimming improved but that’s life.”

 “I was really happy once I qualified and then I could knuckle down and I was one place better than I was in Athens.

“I definitely showed stronger.

“I could have played a more tactical game on the bike.

“I might have got one or two positions higher but I figured the difference between 32nd and 31st wasn’t a large benefit.

“I would rather show the county’s flag off on my suit.”

Butterfield said he also got respect from the other athletes.

 “And I got the fastest bike time which is a little bonus.

“It’s not a medal, you don’t really get anything for it but within the triathlon community you get a bonus.

“I made the decision to keep biking hard.”

Asked about competing in four years, he said: “I definitely will try.

“I tried this year and it was one race that was a turning point.

“I definitely will try again.

“To say I will try doesn’t mean I will make it.”