Winter Olympics

Stories About Coloradans in the Winter Olympics

As many people may know, the Olympics originally began in 776 B.C.E. as a tribute to the Greek gods. Thousands of people would make the journey every four years to Olympia in order to cheer, watch, and participate in the Games. However, Emperor Theodosius abolished all pagan festivities, including the Olympic Games, in 393 C.E. due to the growing Roman influence in Greece. After this ruling, the Games were not held again until the late 19th century.

In 1894, French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin helped found the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose became responsible for reviving the Olympic Games. Two years later, the first modern Olympic Games were organized in Athens, Greece, and then in 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France. At the time, the Winter Olympics were unofficial and referred to as “International Sports Week”, due to protests from the Scandinavian countries that Winter Games would interfere with the Nordic Games. In spite of this, they achieved Olympic status in 1926.
The following articles highlight the participation of Coloradans in the Olympic Winter Games over the years.

Stories About Coloradans in the Winter Olympics

2014 Colorado Olympians

Congratulations to all of our Colorado ski & snowboard athletes competing for Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.SKIINGALPINE SKIING: David Chodounsky-Crested Butte, Mikaela Shiffrin-Eagle Vail, MOGULS: Heidi Kloser-Vail, Eliza Outtrim-Steamboat Springs, SLOPESTYLE SKIING: Bobby Brown-Breckenridge, Keri Herman-Breckenridge, Gus Kenworthy-Telluride, HALFPIPE SKIING: Aaron Blunck-Crested Butte, Lymar Currier-Boulder, Torin Yater-Wallace-BasaltSNOWBOARDING HALFPIPE SNOWBOARDING: Arielle Gold-Steamboat Springs, Taylor Gold-Steamboat Springs, SNOWBOARDER CROSS: Alex Delbold-Boulder, PARALLEL SNOWBOARDING: Justin Reiter-Steamboat SpringsNORDICCROSS COUNTRY: Simi Hamilton-Aspen, Noah Hoffman-Aspen, NORDIC COMBINED: Bryan Fletcher-Steamboat Springs, Taylor Fletcher-Steamboat Springs, Todd Lodwick-Steamboat SpringsBIATHLON: Lenny Barnes-Durango

Colorado Ski History

Winter Park Ski Train Ends Service...

The Winter Park Ski Train announced it was ceasing operations in 2009 after 69 years in operation. From the dawn of alpine skiing in Colorado, it had faithfully served the skiers of Denver and the Front Range, never having to cancel a trip because of bad weather. The last trip was March 29, 2009.