Priscilla Welch 1988

What does an unemployed and bored ex-petty officer do after retiring from the British Royal Navy at age 36? She takes up marathon running of course. Priscilla was a one-kilometer neophyte when she made that 1980 decision. Less than three years later she won her first marathon title in Holland. By 1984 she was on […]

Yolanda Johnson 1987

In a panorama of exciting 1986 achievement, “Yo-Yo” wrote a storybook finish to her prep career, dominating her field of competition with every honor possible. Graduating “prep-perfect” from George Washington High School, she never lost a race in her entire prep career. She was the fastest prep hurdler in the nation in 1985 with an […]

Rhonda Blanford 1986

She missed the 100-meter hurdles finals by 1/100th of a second at the 1984 Olympic Trials. Disappointing? Yes. Discouraging? No, at least not for this University of Nebraska standard-bearer, who raced on to glory in 1985. Serving notice she was still in the chase for Seoul in 1988, the former Aurora Central standout captured her […]

Connie Carpenter Phinney 1985

At 14, Connie got her first taste of Olympic competition as a speed skater on the U.S. team for the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. She then switched gears and concentrated thereafter on competitive cycling, except for a brief stint on UC Berkeley’s rowing team before the 1980 Summer Olympics. By 1977, the determined […]

Connie Carpenter Phinney 1983

At 14, Connie got her first taste of Olympic competition as a speed skater on the U.S. team for the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. She then switched gears and concentrated thereafter on competitive cycling, except for a brief stint on UC Berkeley’s rowing team before the 1980 Summer Olympics. By 1977, the determined […]

Evergreen High School Volleyball Team 1982

They shared a dream and they were the first “baker’s dozen” to share a coveted Sportswoman of the Year Award. How the Evergreen volleyball team and Coach Lo Hunter got from Point A to Point B was high sports drama in 1981. The Cougars started the season with 76 straight victories and thought the record […]

Tanya Haave 1981

If “ultimate athlete” was defined in the dictionary, Tanya undoubtedly would be cited as an example. Performing almost to perfection, this Evergreen High School and University of Tennessee star excelled in two sports while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. In her final season of prep basketball, Tanya sparked the Cougars to third-place at State and set […]

Lou Piel 1980

As a young farm girl in northeastern Colorado, Lou couldn’t hit the side of a barn, but it didn’t take her long to find the target. Practice paid off in 1979 as the University of Northern Colorado’s junior pitching ace lit up the scoreboard with 155 strikeouts, a 0.52 earned runs average and an 18-2 […]

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 track records by age 16, refuted those who said she was a […]

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 Mountain AAU team, the Colorado Suns, to […]

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 fourth-place U.S. team in the 1975 Pan-American Games. At the […]

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, Dorothy won 15 major competitions, including the 1969 National Novice Ladies Championship, […]

Cindy Hill 1975

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 Curtis Cup Team, played on the winning World Cup Team and captured the World […]