Born in Spokane, Washington, Olympian Greg Billington grew up in Six Mile Bottom, England, where he won the UK Inter-County XC championships and was a 2x DoDDs European XC, 1500, and 3000 champion. After he became an Eagle Scout, earned his black belt in martial arts, and graduated as valedictorian of his high school class, Greg started running for Wake Forest University – where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Economics and Exercise Science – while qualifying for the US National Triathlon Team. Greg’s first triathlon was at age 10 on the back of his father’s tandem bicycle, but he didn’t arrive on the international triathlon scene until an appearance at the 2006 ITU Elite Junior Worlds.
His professional career began inauspiciously when he was hit by a car while on a training ride. After recovering from 2 broken arms, he returned to finish 4th at the U23 World Champs and two-consecutive USA Triathlon U23 National Championships (2011 & 2012). He qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and finished 3rd American, missing the team by a single spot.
Greg began the next Olympic Quad by winning 5150 New Orleans and St Louis and finishing his first 70.3 in 3:53. Despite a femoral stress fracture in 2014, Greg came back to win the Hong Kong Triathlon. In 2015, Greg had the sole goal of qualifying fir his Olympic Team and finished the year as the top ranked American in the US Olympic Qualification Process. After competing in the Rio Olympics, Greg was nominated for the Team USA Athlete of the Month in October and finished his 2016 season on the podium at the Miyazaki World Cup.