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Olympians at home in Steamboat

Move to Steamboat Springs, and theres a good chance your neighbor or person behind you in the grocery aisle might have competed on the worlds biggest athletic stage.

Steamboat and its century-old Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is home to more Olympians than any other town in the country.

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

From John Steele becoming the towns first Olympian in 1932 in Lake Placid to local Nordic combined skiers winning seven medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 14 locals competing in Sochi, Russia, Steamboat has ties to more than 89 Olympic athletes, with more than 151 Olympic appearances between them.

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 trained at the club, the list is substantial for a small mountain town of 12,000.

Our Olympian list is pretty comprehensive and inclusive,says Tread of Pioneers Museum Executive Director Candice Bannister. And we keep adding to it all the time.

Towns Olympians cover the spectrum of winter sports, from Nordic and Alpine racing to freestyle skiing and snowboarding. They include everyone from Steamboat Ski Area Director of Skiing Billy Kidd, who won the U.S. mens first skiing Olympic Medal in 1964, to Deb Armstrong, who won the giant slalom gold in 1984.

Steamboat has produced more Olympians than any other town in North America,says SSWSC Executive Director Jim Boyne, whose club employs nine Olympians. Its a byproduct of how our community embraces and develops youth we create champions on and off the mountain. That nurturing and bond is what truly sets our town apart.

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