Sochi Olympic Athlete List
Jeremy Abbott, Aspen (Figure Skating)
Took 9th place in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games for men’s figure skating, and seven-time Grand Prix series medalist
Lanny Barnes, Durango
Lanny Barnes, 31 runner up for the Olympic team – it was her twin sister, Tracy, who initially grabbed the ticket to Sochi but due to illnesses during the trials .Tracy forfeited her spot, knowing that Lanny was next in line and would be named to the Olympic team.¬†
Aaron Blunck, Crested Butte (Freestyle Skiing)
17-year-old Blunck grabbed second place in halfpipe freestyle skiing in 2013′s Copper Mountain Grand Prix, has had seven World Cup starts since 2011 and reached the 2013 World Cup podium.
Bobby Brown, Denver (Freestyle Skiing)
Brown, 22, made a name for himself in 2010 by pulling in two gold medals at the Winter X Games – the first skier to ever do so.
David Chodounsky, Crested Butte (Slalom Skiing)
“I can definitely attribute my development to the skier I am today not only to the on-course training, but also to the off-piste terrain that Colorado offered,” Chodounsky’s site biography says.
Alex Diebold, Boulder (Snowboarding)
In 2005, he placed in the Aspen X Games and in 2013 he reached the podium for the first time and took silver in the World Cup.¬†
Taylor Fletcher, Steamboat Springs (Nordic Combined)
Placed 16th in the overall World Cup standings in 2013, ranking him the highest of all competing U.S. men.
Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs (Snowboarding)
Gold, 17, took bronze at last year’s Winter X Games in the halfpipe and landed on the podium for almost every competition she was in throughout 2013.
Taylor Gold, Steamboat Springs (Snowboarding)
In the 2013 season and placed sixth out of more than 100 riders in the Burton U.S. open.
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Colorado Athletes In London Olympic Games
How did they do you wonder?
Colorado athletes did great, but the¬†the OSOC has tripped up Denver Olympic bid again
Gold For Franklin | Helping Colorado Heal
July 29, 2012 – ¬†Missy Franklin wins her first Olympic Medal. ¬†At just, 17 she took the bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Franklin also won her heat in the¬†¬†100 meter backstroke, and hopes to rack up more metals for the State of Colorado and the USA.
Back to Back Events Normal For Regis Jesuit High Student
“Just do what you do every single day,” she said. “I’ve gone to so many Grand Prix events where I’ve swum back to back and (the Olympic) Trials were huge in training for this. I know I’ve done this many events before and we’re going to add in relays but relays are my favorite part and I think they’re going to give me energy.”
Missy appears to be the next big thing in Olympic Swimming – we are all routing for you out here in Colorado Missy!
List of Athletes From Colorado Participating in London Olympic Games
We always have a nice slection of athletes in the winter games with our proximity to the mountains and great slopes for training . . . but our summer team looks pretty strong this year as well.
- Emma Coburn, Crested Butte Colo., Athletics, 3,000m, Steeplechase
- Janay DeLoach, Fort Collins, Colo., Long Jump
- Timmy Duggan, Nederland, Colo., Cycling, Road
- Missy Franklin, Centennial Colo., Swimming, 100m free; 100m back; 200m back; 200m free; 400m free relay; 800m free relay
- Georgia Gould, Fort Collins, Colo., Cycling, MountainDavid Herman, Wheat Ridge Colo., Cycling, BMX
- Kara Lynn Joyce, Denver, Swimming, 50m free
- David McKienzie, Littleton Colo., Volleyball, Opposite
- Taylor Phinney, Boulder, Colo., Cycling, Road
- Taylor Ritzel, Larkspur Colo., Rowing, Women’s Eight
- Tejay Van Garderen, Boulder Colo., Cycling, Road
Colorado Olympic Bid 2022 | Exploratory Committee Formed
A little Denver history lesson first . . . in 1976, Denver became the first¬†city in history to leave the US Olympic committee standing at the altar. The Mile-High City was actually awarded an Winter Olympic bid, only to have the voters turn it down due to financial and environmental concerns.
Finally, after years of rumors about possible bids for prior Winter Olympic games, it looks like an exploratory committee is being formed by Michael Hancock and John Hickenlooper to consider hosting a Colorado Olympic Bid for 2022 winter games.
9News Update Video on 2022 Colorado Olympic Bid
Many of Same Concerns with 2022 Colorado Winter Olympic Bid
The facts are, many of the concerns about the rejected 1976 bid, still exist today.
Hosting the games is no guarantee that the region will benefit economically from a winter Olympic bid.¬† With the US Olympic Committee headquarters, Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, and world-class slopes currently already in Colorado, the state does have some advantages.
Public Private Cooperation Required – But at What Cost?
Public officials are already starting a drum beat that includes a strong private-public cooperative, in order to put a financially viable bid together.¬† This then brings into question environmental concerns.¬† Talk of inter-mountain railroads have already been put fourth, which could theoretically have a positive or negative environmental impact.¬† Remember, the Rocky Mountain range is a vast watershed that feeds large parts of the western states water needs.
Other Competitors Already Popping Up for Colorado Winter Olympic Bid
Two other US cities are considering their own bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics.¬† Both Reno, Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah are thinking of throwing their hats into the ring.¬† I think Denver really has a strong chance against these two cities, but who else will get into the bidding is anybody’s guess.