Cindy Hill 1974

How did a 26-year-old golfer from Colorado Springs gain the distinction of being Sportswomen of Colorado’s inaugural Sportswoman of the Year? She collected a lot of trophies. In 1974, Cindy won the revered USGA Women’s Amateur Championship, played on the winning...

Dorothy Hamill 1976

The “Hamill Camel” and the “Hamill Haircut” were household words in the mid-1970s. Both were creations of Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill, who was applauded at competitions or exhibitions in nearly 20 nations by the age of 20. Between 1969 and 1975,...

Debbie Willcox 1977

She had taken up gymnastics just four years earlier, but the skills she had acquired served Debbie well in 1976. Obviously a quick learner, she already was a Top 10 finisher in the Elite Class of U.S. Gymnastics Federation competition and had competed with the...

Jayne Gibson 1978

The year 1977 meant much more to Jayne Gibson than the Broncos’ first trip to the Super Bowl. She was busy writing a little history of her own, leading her Arvada West Wildcat volleyball team to the Class AAA state high school championship. She also directed her Rocky...

Mary Decker 1979

Making a triumphant comeback after surgery for a painful calf muscle problem, versatile Mary logged a series of track, cross country and road racing victories which told the running world her career was far from over. The transplanted Californian, who set three indoor...