WHEN WINTER ATHLETES GATHERED IN PYEONGCHANG IN 2018, IT WAS CALLED THE WINTER GAMES. WHEN OLYMPIANS GATHER IN STEAMBOAT, IT’S SIMPLY CALLED FRIDAY.
Steamboat, known around the globe as Ski Town, U.S.A.®, has produced more winter Olympians, a record 98 and counting, than any other town in North America. In fact, Steamboat sent more athletes (15) to the 2018 Games than many small countries. This statement has grown out of a more than 80-year Olympic tradition unmatched in the world. Imagine a town where one out of every 136 individuals is an Olympian! In Steamboat, you’re just as likely to share the gondola with an Olympian as you are to be in the checkout line at the local market next to one or enjoying one of the free concerts with an Olympian.
the history of howelsen hill
Steamboat’s skiing heritage began back in the early 1900s, when high-flying Norwegian Carl Howelsen showed locals that skis could be used for fun as well as work at the local ski hill in downtown Steamboat Springs. Today, that local hill, Howelsen Hill, is the oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado and has the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. It's where the likes of six-time Olympian and World Champion Todd Lodwick, the most successful U.S. Nordic combined skier, first snapped on his skis at age 7. It's the training ground of World Champion and four-time Olympian Johnny Spillane, who made history by becoming the first American to win a medal in Nordic combined at the Winter Games and World Championships. It's where Steamboat’s first family of skiing, the Werners, first learned the craft every afternoon after school. And it's the home of the first freestyle camps, The Great Western Freestyle Center, which produced many of the nation’s first freestyle athletes.
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- Steamboat’s Olympic tradition started in 1932 with John Steele.
- The U.S. Nordic combined team (Bill Demong, Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Brett Camerota) ended an unprecedented 2010 run at the Olympics in Vancouver with a silver medal in the team event. Even more impressive, a member of the U.S. team medaled in every event entered.
- The U.S. Olympic freestyle mogul team made final preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Steamboat Springs in January 2014. This was the fourth time the team has held its pre-Olympic camp on the slopes of Steamboat.
- Steamboat Olympian Jim “Moose” Barrows’ spectacular Alpine downhill crash was the featured agony of defeat on ABC’s Wide World of Sports for many years.
- Three Steamboat Olympians — Buddy Werner, Skeeter Werner Walker and Billy Kidd — have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
- Ski Town, U.S.A.® has hosted the 2010 U.S. Olympic Trials in freestyle and Nordic combined, the 2006 U.S. Olympic Trials in freestyle and the 2002 Gold Cup in Nordic combined.
events & activities
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steamboat olympiansA full list of the Olympians who came out of Steamboat
Jim “Moose” Barrows
Anne Battelle Ayad
Maria Despas St. Pierre
Erin Simmons Nemec
Ryan St. Onge
Carl Van Loan