When I was little girl I wanted to be an Olympian, and we can all see how that particular dream turned out, but I’ve always loved the Olympics. As a fan of sports, I am in awe of the athleticism, teamwork and dedication, but I also enjoy the patriotism that comes alive during the games.
I know this isn’t a blog about sports, and the Olympics Games aren’t being held in Colorado, but it is a blog about events and the 2012 London Olympics is an event like no other, and Colorado is representing in a big way.
Let me make this very clear – I cheer for every athlete from the United States during the Olympics, but I do cheer a little extra loudly for the Coloradoans at the Games. Perhaps not surprisingly, with our world-class ski resorts, we have more athletes who participate in the winter Olympics, but this summer, eleven Coloradoans are participating in multiple sports.
Here’s a list of Colorado athletes participating in the 2012 London Olympic Games:
*click on the name to go to their official page that includes medal count
Emma Coburn, Crested Butte Colo., Athletics, 3,000m, Steeplechase
Janay DeLoach, Fort Collins, Colo., Long Jump
Timmy Duggan, Nederland, Colo., Cycling, Road
Missy Franklin, Centennial Colo., Swimming, 100m free; 100m back; 200m back; 200m free; 400m free relay; 800m free relay
Georgia Gould, Fort Collins, Colo., Cycling, Mountain
David Herman, Wheat Ridge Colo., Cycling, BMX
Kara Lynn Joyce, Denver, Swimming, 50m free
David McKienzie, Littleton Colo., Volleyball, Opposite
Taylor Phinney, Boulder, Colo., Cycling, Road
Taylor Ritzel, Larkspur Colo., Rowing, Women’s Eight
Tejay Van Garderen, Boulder Colo., Cycling, Road
With the Olympics taking place in London, for most people it’s difficult to watch any live coverage of the Games. As many of you know, I’m a huge soccer fanatic, and wanted to watch the US Women’s team live with other fans, but matches are scheduled for 10 a.m.
I want to use this blog post to thank Old Chicago in Loveland, Colorado for opening an hour early this past Saturday (7/28/12) so that ten crazy soccer fans could watch the US Women’s team take on Columbia. Our ladies won, 3-0, securing their place in the Olympic quarterfinals.
In addition, thank you to Widow McCoy’s, also in Loveland, Colorado. A surprisingly soccer-friendly restaurant/bar, they gave us full control over the remote and the bar area for the opening US Women’s Olympic soccer match. Nothing goes better with morning soccer than a breakfast burrito and bloody Mary!
It’s so nice to see local businesses supporting Team USA, and their local patrons. Several of us will be back at Widow McCoy’s today for the US Women v. North Korea at 10:15 a.m. MST.