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9 famous winter Olympic athletes from Colorado

Colorado has birthed a number of impressive winter Olympic Athletes, though that’s not all that surprising considering the easy access to some of the world’s best winter mountain terrain.
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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Alice McKennis

McKennis was born in Glenwood Springs and grew up on a ranch near New Castle. She learned to ski and race at the Sunlight Ski Area, specializing in downhill speed events. The now 28-year-old went on to become a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic ski team, and she’s also the 2013 Alpine Skiing World Cup winner.

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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Andy Mill

Andy Mill, who was born in Fort Collins but moved to Aspen in the early 1960s, is also a former alpine ski racer who was a member of the U.S. Ski Team. He primarily competed in the downhill and combined events on the World Cup Circuit, and is most notable for his performance in the 1976 Winter Olympics, placing sixth in the downhill, which was the best by an American in nearly a quarter-century – and, he accomplished it while dealing with a painful injury.

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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Eddie Eagan

Eddie Eagan was born in Denver back in 1897 and is the only person to ever win a gold at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games in different events. He was a member of the U.S. four-man bobsled team that took the gold in the 1932 Winter Olympics, and he won gold at the 1920 Summer Olympics, boxing as a light-heavyweight. 

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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Mikaela Shiffrin

This 22-year-old is the reigning World Cup, Olympic and world champion in the slalom. Born in Vail, Shiffrin is also the youngest slalom champion, having captured the gold medal just a few weeks before turning 19.

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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Chris Klug

Vail-born Chris Klug underwent a liver transplant in 2000, and just two years later he competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, taking a bronze in the Parallel Giant Slalom. Today, he’s a pro alpine snowboarder.

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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Jeremy Abbott

Born in Aspen, figure skater Jeremy Abbott is a four-time U.S. Champion and U.S. Olympic Team Bronze Medalist. He announced his retirement from competition during the 2016-2017 season.

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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Jason Smith

Also born in Aspen, snowboarder Jason Smith (center)  joined the U.S. snowboarding team in 2003, remarking that the sport was a great way to stay in touch with the mountains he grew up surrounded by when traveling the world. His biggest success was finishing sixth at the 2006 Torino Winter Games.

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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Jeremy Bloom

Bloom is a member of the U.S. Skiing Hall of Fame, a two-time Olympian, an 11-time World Cup gold medalist and a three-time World Champion. The now 35-year-old is the only athlete in history to ever ski in the Winter Olympics and also be drafted into the National Football League. He played as a return specialist and a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Famous Winter Olympic Athletes from Colorado

Buddy Werner

The late Buddy Werner was an alpine ski racer, born and raised in Steamboat Springs. He raced for the University of Colorado in the 1950s and landed a spot on the 1956 Olympic team. He placed eleventh in the downhill that year, and was the only American to finish. Sadly, Werner died in an avalanche in St. Moritz, shortly after announcing his retirement at the young age of 28.

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