15 Steamboat Athletes Head to Sochi
● By Deb Olsen
Gondola Square was packed to capacity as Steamboat hosted its Olympic Sendoff, featuring the lighting of the community's Olympic caldron.
Reigning world champion halfpipe rider Arielle Gold will represent the U.S., along with her brother, Taylor. They will be joined by brothers Taylor and Bryan Fletcher, who will represent the U.S. in Nordic Combined. Billy Demong and Todd Lodwick, both of whom have strong Steamboat ties, round out the Nordic Combined team. Lodwick, is the only American to be selected for six Olympic teams; that ties the overall Olympic record.
A total fo 15 Steamboat skiers and riders have been named to Olympic teams.
Caroline Calvé (Canada)
Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic)
Richard Wilkes (Australia)
Vic Wild (Russia)
Belle Brockhoff (Australia)
Jarryd Hughes (Australia)