February 1, 2006
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado (Steamboat Press Release)-—Twenty athletes with ties to Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A. including Travis Mayer, 2002 Olympic Silver Medalist; Todd Lodwick, now a four-time Olympic athlete and 17-time national champion; Caroline Lalive, two-time Olympian; and Johnny Spillane, America's first World Champion in Nordic Combined, will represent their respective countries and the Yampa Valley at the upcoming 2006 Winter Games.
"Steamboat has a rich tradition in the snow sports disciplines--Alpine, Nordic, Jumping, Freestyle and Snowboarding--and an Olympic heritage that dates back nearly 75 years, said Rick DeVos, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. "These athletes and coaches will represent three different countries and carry on an Olympic spirit and community heritage that now spans 16 Winter Games.
Steamboat is known around the globe simply as Ski Town, U.S.A. and has produced more winter Olympians than any other town in North America, now a record 69 and counting. Including the 2006 Games, Steamboat's Olympians have represented five different countries, made 120 Olympic appearances during 16 Winter Games. The following 2006 Olympians, who have all trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, will compete in the upcoming Winter Games in Italy.