M Reed

Matthew Reed

Olympian 2008

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Athlete Bio



Full Name: Matthew John Reed
Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
Resides: Boulder, Colo.
Height: 6-5
Weight: 180
Birthdate: Nov. 8, 1975
Birth Place: Palmerstown North, New Zealand
First Year Elite (as an American): 2004
2010 ITU Rank: 128
2010 USAT Rank: 12

Career Highlights

USAT National Team Member
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Member
2008 USAT Elite Athlete of the Year
Won 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials
No. 1 American in 2008 ITU rankings
No. 1 American in 2007 ITU rankings
2010 Highlights: Placed as the runner-up in the 2010 Life Time Fitness Race to the Toyota Cup Series • Finished third at the Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall, Texas, on Oct. 10 • Placed fourth at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship on Sept. 25 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Won his second straight Life Time Fitness Triathlon on July 10 and followed with a third-place finish on July 11 at the Boulder Peak Triathlon • Finished 21st at the Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup on June 13 • Placed third at the Rev3 Quassy on June 6 • Winner of the Rev3 Triathlon in Knoxville, Tenn., on May 9 • Placed third at the Miami International Triathlon and was second at the Ironman 70.3 California in March.

Elite Triathlon Career: Raced for New Zealand until 2004, when he switched his affiliation to the United States • Captured eight triathlon titles in 2009, including the Pan American Championship in Oklahoma City • Winner of the 2009 Life Time Fitness Race to the Toyota Cup series • Won Lifetime Fitness Minnesota and the Chicago Triathlon in 2009 • Placed third at the USAT Elite National Championship and at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship • Finished 72nd in the 2009 ITU World Championship rankings and was the No. 7 American • Ranked No. 14 overall and No. 1 among Americans in the 2008 ITU World Cup rankings • Member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and placed 32nd in Beijing • Selected as USAT’s Elite ITU Athlete of the Year in 2008 • Won the 2008 USAT Elite National Championship and placed first at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials • Took fifth at the 2008 ITU World Championships in Vancouver, Canada • Also posted ITU World Cup top-10 finishes in Richards Bay and Madrid • USA Triathlon Haul to the Great Wall Champion • Also won the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, Boulder Peak Triathlon and Miami International Triathlon • Won 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to qualify for Beijing Olympic Games • In his first year racing for the United States, won the U.S. Elite National Championship title by finishing second to Australian Craig Alexander at the Monster Challenge in Boston • Finished 2007 as top-ranked American male • Finished third at 2007 ITU Vancouver World Cup • 2007 season featured eight other top-10 finishers, including wins at St. Anthony’s Triathlon and Boulder Peak, fourth at Escape from Alcatraz, and third at the London Triathlon • 2006 Accenture Escape from Alcatraz champion • Teamed with Andy Potts and Brian Fleischmann to claim ITU Team Triathlon World title in Cancun in 2006 • Third at U.S. Nationals in 2005 and 2006.
Athletic Background: Played basketball, rugby and cricket in his native New Zealand.
Personal: Matthew John Reed • Born Nov. 8, 1975, in Palmerstown North, New Zealand • Married to Kelly Rees, a U.S. elite triathletes • Before they were married, Reed helped Rees through her recovery after she was run over by a 15-ton construction truck on Oct. 7, 2002, in Boulder, Colo. • Has a son named Lachlan James and daughter named Peyton Grace • Proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2007 • Favorite coffee drink is a skinny latte, extra hot • His nickname is Boom Boom • At 6-foot-5, he is that tallest professional triathlete in the world • Favorite colors are red and black ("red looks fast, and black looks dangerous") • Likes triathlon because "it is a challenge and you can never get bored" • Owns two weimaraners named Storm and Ashton.
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