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World champion, Olympic silver medalist Johnny Spillane buys Steamboat Flyfisher

World champion, Olympic silver medalist Johnny Spillane buys Steamboat Flyfisher

What would you do if you retired from Nordic combined skiing with a world champion crown and three Olympic silver medals, and loved Steamboat Springs and fly-fishing?

If you’re local legend Johnny Spillane, you buy a fly-fishing shop. In late 2013, Spillane, a longtime fishing guide, purchased Steamboat Flyfisher at 35 Fifth St. in downtown Steamboat, ensuring a life of fishing and raising his family in Steamboat., including daughters Genevieve and Hadley.

“Aside from skiing, fly-fishing was my other big passion,” says Spillane, who grew up going to Steamboat Flyfisher and later guiding for the outfitter. Spillane says there are a lot of parallels between professional athletics and business: both are competitive, with principles that guide success. “I know what it takes to be successful,” he says.

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