With our hallowed mountains and thin air, Colorado breeds—or, at least, seriously trains—Olympic athletes. In fact, this year the state boasts more than a dozen athletes seeking spots on U.S. Olympic squads. We talked with six local hopefuls looking to head to Sochi next month with Team USA.
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Hometown: Steamboat Springs, but trains in Breckenridge in the winter
Started Snowboarding: Age 7
Top Finish: 3rd in Snowboard
SuperPipe at X Games
Training Regimen: Ride from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for three days, then take a day off; in the gym five to six times per week
Preferred Mountain: Steamboat
Favorite (Other) Winter Olympic Sports to Watch: Luge, bobsled
Family Ties: “My brother [Taylor Gold, another Olympic contender] has been a huge influence. He’s the reason I started snowboarding in the first place. He’s always pushed me. And having that sibling bond on the road is like a little piece of home even when I’m across the world.”