Ellen Miller 2003

Ellen Miller is in some ways a typical athlete, always wanting to do more, to see if she can accomplish the next challenge she takes on. She sets records all over the place; she competes in everything from running and mountain biking to snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. She travels around the world, vying for championship […]

Alison Dunlap 2002

Five days after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Sportswomen of Colorado’s 2002 Sportswoman of the Year showed that there are still good things in this world with a gritty, come from behind performance in the World Mountain Bike Championships at Vail. In fifth place entering the final lap of the women’s elite, 20 plus-mile cross-country […]

Kara Grgas-Wheeler 2001

University of Colorado distance runner Kara Grgas-Wheeler accomplished in the year 2000 what no other CU harrier had done before. She altered the Buffs’ national record books four times with three individual titles and a team championship in a span of five months over two different seasons. After siting out the NCAA-Division I Indoor season […]

Ann Battelle 2000

To say that her 1998 ski season was downright disastrous is understating Ann’s face-to-face confrontation with gut wrenching reality. Seemingly on course for a medal in Nagano, the 30-year-old freestyle skier from Steamboat Springs was leading going into the final pre-Olympic moguls race at Breckenridge. Instead of heading for Japan on the highest possible note […]

Becky Hammon 1999

Labeled “an amazing player,” the “franchise” at Fort Collins and “everybody’s All-American,” the most decorated basketball star in Colorado State University history was not only a major spectator draw but also a primary reason for the Rams’ rise to the 1999 NCAA Sweet 16. Average attendance at CSU home games was 751 when Becky arrived […]

Libbie Hickman 1998

If 1996 was something of a heartbreaker for Libbie—she finished in a non-qualifying fourth place at the Olympic Trials—then the year 1997 definitely was not a disappointment, in fact, heart booster describes it best! The Fort Collins runner got off to a fast start, winning the four-mile Kansas City Trolley Run with a time eclipsing […]

Amy Van Dyken 1997

The fastest female swimmer in the history of the United States first gained recognition at Cherry Creek H.S. as a six-time All-America, Athlete of the Year and winner of State, Junior National and Olympic Festival championships. Unbelievably, she couldn’t even swim across the pool until she was 12. Next to her constant battles with asthma […]

Amy Van Dyken 1996

The fastest female swimmer in the history of the United States first gained recognition at Cherry Creek H.S. as a six-time All-America, Athlete of the Year and winner of State, Junior National and Olympic Festival championships. Unbelievably, she couldn’t even swim across the pool until she was 12. Next to her constant battles with asthma […]

Amy Van Dyken 1995

The fastest female swimmer in the history of the United States first gained recognition at Cherry Creek H.S. as a six-time All-America, Athlete of the Year and winner of State, Junior National and Olympic Festival championships. Unbelievably, she couldn’t even swim across the pool until she was 12. Next to her constant battles with asthma […]

Jill McGill 1994

Jill McGill may be the only Colorado golfer to hold the title of “unofficial” state high school champion one year and the very next year be declared the “official” state high school champion. Although she played for Cherry Creek’s team in her junior year, golf was not a sanctioned sport for girls until her senior […]

Gigi Fernandez 1993

Draped in a U.S. flag at her post victory press conference in Barcelona, Aspen’s newest Olympic heroine savored her “greatest thrill to date.” As a junior tennis player in Puerto Rico, Gigi said, she never thought she’d be playing for any American team, “so it was an awesome honor to do so.” The four-year Western […]

April Heinrichs 1992

Her fame in soccer circles is worldwide and her competitive spirit is legendary, which explains why this Littleton-reared kicker is the first female athlete to be featured on a trading card. Few women have had a greater opportunity to make an impact on their sport than April, who in November 1991, in China, led the […]

Jill Trenary 1991

Figure skating has been described as a “cold and lonely sport” but for the defending U.S. National Ladies Singles champion, 1990 was a warm and friendly year. In the best free skating performance of her illustrious career, Jill sealed a second straight U.S. title, capturing top honors for the third time in four years. Dazzled […]

CU Basketball Team 1990

Nobody can pinpoint an exact date, but by mid-1989, everybody knew the transformation was complete. The University of Colorado Women’s Basketball Team had catapulted from the bottom to the top and no longer was the opening act for the CU Men’s Basketball Team. The upgrade formula was known too—three 20-win seasons, a Big Eight championship, […]

Kirsten Hanssen 1989

When the 1988 triathlon season began there was no doubt about Kirsten’s affinity for the winner’s circle. The 5-foot-3 “Wonder Woman” owned an incredible 16 titles, including the World Championship, and dominated all distances: international, long and sprint. She was the first woman ever to win back-to-back U.S. National titles, the first to win two […]