Beijing Winter Olympics 202211/24/2021 12:39PM ● By Rachel Miller
Steamboat Springs Nordic jumper Annika Belshaw is following in the steps of Steamboat’s first Olympian jumper, John Steele. Photo courtesy Annika Belshaw.
Many of the athletes who are vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team are not only locals but were also born and raised in Steamboat. This could be Nordic Combined athlete Taylor Fletcher’s fourth Olympic appearance, inching him closer to the record held by former teammate Todd Lodwick, who appeared in six Winter Games. Snowboarder Taylor Gold looks to make a comeback after an injury sidelined him for the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, Korea. In 2020, Gold lived up to his name and stood atop the podium at the X Games Snowboard Superpipe Session. Mick Dierdorff hopes to build upon his success after winning gold at the snowboard cross world championships in 2019, being the first U.S. male to do so in 14 years. Nordic Combined athlete Jasper Good would be making his second Olympic appearance if he continues to have strong showings on the international circuit. Jaelin Kauf, who trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, is the fastest woman on the freestyle moguls World Cup circuit.
The U.S. Olympic team is likely to be led by its veterans, but rookies could make the cut, too. Ski jumpers Annika Belshaw and Decker Dean are the new kids on the block with a strong chance to make their Olympic debut.
The Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Beijing, China, Friday, March 4,-Sunday, March 13, 2022, and one native Steamboater, Alpine skier Paige VanArsdale, is training hard in hopes of competing on the world stage.
The Steamboat Ski Area and the City of Steamboat Springs are planning celebrations in conjunction with the Winter Games. The Olympic Sendoff, when the Steamboat Springs community celebrates its Olympians and wishes them success at the Beijing Games, is likely to be bigger than ever this time around as Olympians’ families will be here, rather than in China, due to COVID restrictions.
Check the online events calendar for details: www.steamboatchamber.com/events/calendar-of-events/
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