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Olympians at home in Steamboat

The locally bred U.S. Nordic combined team, from left, Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong after winning the silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Photo by John F. Russell

The locally bred U.S. Nordic combined team, from left, Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong after winning the silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Photo by John F. Russell

It’s an Olympic year, and that means one thing in Steamboat Springs: locals are packing their ski and snowboard bags and heading to the world’s biggest athletic stage.

This year town’s renowned Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has 22 athletes that could wind up competing in the Big Show in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, representing disciplines as varied as snowboarding and Nordic Combined.

“When the Olympics come around every four years, our local athletes get their chance to put their skills to the test for all the world to see, and our community swells with pride,” says the club’s Athletic Director Jon Nolting, adding several have legitimate medal opportunities. “We’ll have particularly strong athletes in snowboarding and mogul skiing. Our Nordic combined group has a mix of experience and youth, also with the potential for big results.

Indeed, move to Steamboat and there’s a good chance the person behind you in the grocery aisle has competed on the world’s biggest athletic stage; Steamboat and SSWSC are home to more Olympians than any other town in the country.

From John Steele becoming the town’s first Olympian in 1932 in Lake Placid to local Nordic combined skiers winning seven medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Steamboat has ties to more than 90 Olympic athletes, with more than 150 Olympic appearances.

“The Olympic tradition here is hard to rival,” says retired Nordic combined skier Johnny Spillane, who brought home three silver medals in 2010 and now owns Steamboat Flyfisher. “The town has created an atmosphere that breeds Olympic-quality competitors. Some towns nurture baseball or football; Steamboat nurtures Olympians.”

Including everyone from those born and raised here to those who have trained at the club, the list is substantial for a small mountain town. Town’s Olympians cover the spectrum of winter sports, from Nordic and Alpine racing to freestyle skiing and snowboarding. They include everyone from to Steamboat Ski Area Director of Skiing Billy Kidd, who won the U.S. men’s first skiing Olympic Medal in 1964, to Deb Armstrong, who won the giant slalom gold in 1984.

“Steamboat and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have been blessed with a rich history of Olympic success, and this coming Winter Olympics should not disappoint,” says SSWSC executive director Jim Boyne, whose club employs nine Olympians. “We look forward to seeing Steamboat once again well represented on the world stage as our athletes compete for the pinnacle of athletic success.”

 

 

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