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2020 The Olympic Wrap Up

August 16th, 2021

On July 23rd I sat glued to my television as the countries entered the arena.  Feeling a sense of patriotism, I smiled as the team representing The United States of America circled the stadium.  I vowed to watch every moment, cheer for all that is America, and stand for every victorious National Anthem played. But there was more than that. As the athletes continued to pour in, I cheered for the underdog of an athlete without a country.  The isolation of the few representatives from The Island of Tonga.  I watched that Olympic flame light up, and I promised myself to watch all 28 sports and... Read More

The Olympics – And Should Beer Pong be the Next Sport?

July 27th, 2021

This year’s Olympic Games will introduce us to events such as Skateboarding, Rugby Sevens, and 3X Basketball.  There will be canoeing, sailing, and BMX Freestyle.  A gold will be won in Sport Climbing, a silver will be earned in karate, and someone is bound to be injured while participating in Trampoline Gymnastics. As the teams and their flag bearers circled the empty stadium in Japan last Friday two things were apparent.  The bear-chested flag-bearer from Tonga needs to lighten up on the baby oil, and those uniforms from Australia make me want to order two boxes of Thin Mints, one box of... Read More

Sports are Back! – Well, Almost

June 28th, 2021

For a moment it was if sports were all the way back.  Large galleries followed golfers around Torrey Pines at the US Open, NBA playoff games were being played with crowds at full capacity, and UFC Fight Night was no longer at Fight Island off the coast of Dubai, but rather, Treasure Island off the Strip in Las Vegas. At the Kentucky Derby thousands of fans cheered on their horse in most elegant hats, and at the Tour de France thousands more lined cobblestone streets.  Boisterous fans clamored behind home plate at the College World Series, and tennis officials were once again asked to quiet fans... Read More

7 Fun Facts About Colorado

June 25th, 2021

How many of these facts did you know? 1. Fruita, Colorado, holds the record for the longest a chicken has lived without a head: 18 months. He died from choking on a corn kernel Every year in Fruita the town holds a “Mike the Headless Chicken” festival, with activities such as “5K Run Like a Headless Chicken Race”, egg toss, “Pin the Head on the Chicken”, the “Chicken Cluck-Off”, and “Chicken Bingo”, in which chicken droppings on a numbered grid choose the numbers. 2. The invention of the cheeseburger (not the hamburger) is credited to... Read More

Basketball at The Olympics – The New Dream Team

June 21st, 2021

As Kevin Durant held the ball at the top of the key the entire arena knew what was coming.  Down by two points with just seconds left in a pivotal game seven, Durant went to work. A few dribbles, a spin, a step-back-three, and the crowd erupted. A storybook ending in which Durant single-handedly willed his team to victory by scoring 48 points, including the game-winner, advancing the Brooklyn Nets into the Eastern Conference Final. At least, that is how the story would have gone if it was not for Durant’s size 18 shoes. Instead, an official video review showed that Durant’s mammoth shoes barely... Read More

18-Year-Old Boulderite First American to Qualify for Olympic Climbing

September 6th, 2019

Olympic climbing is a newly added even in the 2020 Olympics, and America will receive its first representation from 18-year-old Boulder athlete Brooke Raboutou. At the World Championships, Raboutou placed sixth in speed climbing, seventh in lead climbing and 10th in bouldering, earning her a spot in the Olympics. Raboutou’s parents, Didier Raboutou and Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou, are former world champion rock climbers. Raboutou is also the youngest youngest person to climb 5.14b at just 11 years old.  Read More

Is Fishing a Sport?

July 26th, 2019

On my way to the gym last Saturday morning, I took the opportunity to listen to a little sports radio, hoping to find out the latest news on the Rockies, Broncos, or other local sports. Instead, the topic of conversation was about trout fishing. As I double-checked the station to confirm that I was listening to sports talk radio and not NPR, the host rambled on about fishing on the Roaring Fork River. There are three questions that have baffled mankind since the existence of time. Is there life after death? What came first, the chicken or the egg? And is fishing really a sport? Step one in my journey... Read More

Colorado Swimming – Making a Splash

June 18th, 2019

Like many, I spent Father’s Day at the pool.  But instead of sunscreen and a cold beer, I stood by the blocks near lane four with a timer and a clipboard.  You see, my children are club swimmers, so many holiday weekends are spent in muggy, chlorine-filled venues, with no alcohol in sight. But standing for a couple hours with wet shoes is nothing compared to the commitment asked of these young athletes.  After years of attending meets, talking to parents, and interviewing swimmers, their voices were heard. And here’s what they said. 1) Yes, we want to go to the Olympics someday. Yes, we... Read More

Locals at the Olympics

February 27th, 2018

As the Winter Olympics extinguish their flame and the clean-up crew of PyeongChang do their best curling-like sweep job in the aftermath, the country of Norway left South Korea victorious with a total of 39 overall medals, followed by Germany with 31, and Canada with 29.  The Republic of Colorado finished in 15th place, just behind China. Okay, Colorado isn’t exactly a country, but with 31 athletes representing the United States, more than any other state, it could have been.  Athletes from Colorado won more gold medals than Russia, more silver than Finland, and more Bronze than Sweden. Mikaela... Read More