Wednesday, February 24, 2010
One of the biggest thrills I’ve experienced lately was standing in the heart of Steamboat’s base area watching our local nordic combined athletes take the silver medal in Vancouver. The Games have been broadcast daily on the “jumbo-tron” TV placed in the village center but yesterday was the premier event of the Winter Olympics for many of Steamboat’s residents.
Many people made their way to the ski hill to watch the events unfold in the thick of the excitement and alongside past olympians like Billy Kidd. The cow bells were ringing and the fans were cheering as if we were ringside right there with our team.
As our hometown heroes took the silver, they went down in history as the first American team to earn a medal in nordic combined at an Olympics. The local mantra as of late has been that “It takes a community to raise an Olympian” and yesterday I felt that sentiment strongly.
Here’s the full story from the Steamboat TODAY!