Colorado will be well represented in the 2014 Olympics this year in Sochi, Russia. The additions of snowboarding events, along with the new skiing slope-style event has really opened up the competitions and added a bit more youth to the squad. Here are a few of the Colorado towns that have produced these Olympians.
Steamboat has produced more Winter Olympians than any other town in North America- 79 so far. This Olympics will be no different as The Boat sends Taylor Gold and his seventeen year-old sister Arielle to the Halfpipe contest along with another sibling pair, Taylor and Bryan Fletcher in Nordic Combined. Todd Lodwick, in Nordic Combined is amazingly participating in his 6th Olympics. Justin Reiter is in snowboarding and Eliza Outtrim in moguls, originally from Connecticut, is living in Steamboat while attending Colorado College.
Aspen is well represented by sending Figure Skater Jeremy Abbot along with Torin Yater-Wallace, a Halfpipe snowboarder who punctured a lung in December and is actually from nearby Basalt. Cross- Country skiers Noah Hoffman and Simi Hamilton also will be representing the home town.
Gus Kenworthy is making Telluride proud in Freeskiing.
Breck is proud to send Bobby Brown and Keri Hoffman on their skis, hoping to bring precious metal home to Breck.
Although not actually an athlete but just as important, Crested Butte is proud to supply Dr. Gloria Beim as the Chief Medical Officer for the American Team along with Dave Chodounsky competing in Alpine skiing and Aaron Blunk in Halfpipe.
Mikaela Shiffren heads the Alpine Ski team as the favorite in Slalom and possibly GS. The Vail Valley also boasts Heidi Kloser on the Moguls Team.
The southwest part of the state is well represented by Lanny Barnes in the Biathlon.
Boulder boasts Lyman Currier in Halfpipe and Alex Deibold in Snowboarder Cross, though Alex is actually listed as from Vermont.