(Feb. 1) – State Reps. Dylan Roberts, D-Eagle, and Edie Hooton, D-Boulder, honored our Colorado athletes headed to the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games with an official House tribute this morning.
“I am so proud to recognize and honor our state’s incredible athletes as they head off to South Korea to compete not only on behalf of our country but on behalf of our state and local communities,” Rep. Roberts said. “My house district makes me especially proud with 11 American athletes having connections to Eagle and Routt Counties.”
“”I grew up in Northern Vermont, was fortunate to grow up on skis, and I am honored to recognize America’s athletes heading off to compete in the Winter Games,” Rep. Hooton said. “Our Olympians possess the rare ability to own their domain, whether it’s on the ice, or on the slopes. Good luck to all of the Colorado athletes competing in the South Korea Games.”
The 242-member U.S. Olympic roster in South Korea includes 31 competitors from Colorado, giving the state the largest representation from the U.S.
Rep. Roberts grew up in Steamboat Springs, which has produced more Olympic athletes than any other town in North America, and he now lives in Eagle County, which claims six 2018 Olympic athletes. Notable athletes from House District 26 include Eagle-Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin, who will be defending her gold medal in the slalom, Brian and Taylor Fletcher, brothers from Steamboat Springs competing in the nordic combined, and Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, the second-most-decorated alpine skier in history.
Watch the video of Rep. Hooton and Rep. Roberts’ tribute here.
The full list of Colorado’s Olympic athletes who were recognized today: Casey Andringa, Boulder; Ben Berend, Steamboat Springs; Aaron Blunck, Crested Butte; David Chodounsky, Crested Butte; Chris Corning, Silverthorne; Mick Dierdorff, Steamboat Springs; Alex Ferreira, Aspen; Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs; Taylor Fletcher, Steamboat Springs; Red Gerard, Silverthorne; Lauren Gibbs, Denver; Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs; Jasper Good, Steamboat Springs; Simi Hamilton, Aspen; Nicole Hensley, Lakewood; Noah Hoffman, Aspen; Tess Johnson, Vail; Hagen Kearney, Norwood; Gus Kenworthy, Telluride; Wiley Maple, Aspen; Keaton McCargo, Telluride; Alice McKennis, New Castle; Jake Pates, Eagle; Joanne Reid, Boulder; Mikaela Shiffrin, Eagle-Vail; Troy Terry, Highlands Ranch; Meghan Tierney, Eagle; Katie Uhlaender, Breckenridge; Lindsey Vonn, Vail; Nathan Weber, Pueblo West; and Torin Yater-Wallace, Basalt.