Alpine sensation Lindsey Vonn of Vail ihopes to take it all at the Vancouver Olympics, her third Winter Olympics of her stellar alpine skiing career. Vonn is the two-time defending World Cup champ, and could make it No. 3 this year. She's No. 1 in Downhill, Super-G, and Super Combined. She is the first USOC SportsWoman of the Year from skiing since Picabo Street in 1998.
Steamboat's Todd Lodwick actually retired a couple of years ago, after competing on five Winter Olympic teams in Nordic Combined. He decided to come back and immediately started winning gold again on the World Cup circuit and at the World Championships. His wife, Sunny, stayed back home in Steamboat, taking care of their two small children, and filling cavities and doing root canals. Sunny is a dentist in Steamboat. Todd joins elite company as the SportsMan of the Year. Past winners include Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong, Rulon Gardner, Pete Sampras, and Carl Lewis.
At least 20 athletes will be representing Colorado in the Vancouver Olympics, from all disciplines of skiing to figure skating and hockey. Alpine skiers include Lindsey Vonn and Sarah Schleper of Vail, Alice McKennis of Glenwood, and Jake Zamansky of Carbondale. Freestyle skiers are Ryan St. Onge of Winter Park, Michelle Roark of Denver, and Casey Puckett of Aspen. Nordic Combined skiers are all from Steamboat: Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane, and Taylor Fletcher. Snowboarders are Gretchen Bleiler and Chris Klug of Aspen, Tyler Jewell of Steamboat, and Katie Uhlaender of Breckenridge.