Photos: Meet the twenty Coloradans in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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Vail's Lindsay Vonn announced that a knee injury would prevent her competing in the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But Coloradans will still have plenty of rooting interest. The official total of participating athletes from our fair state is nineteen -- among them highly touted skier Mikaela Shiffrin, seen here and below. But this roster features twenty if the Colorado Avalanche's Paul Stastny is included -- and since he lists his residence as Denver, we say he should count. Continue for details about all twenty, featuring photos, videos and text from

Jeremy Abbott
Sport: Figure Skating
Discipline: Men
Height: 5'10"
Aspen, CO

Olympic Experience:
2010 Olympic Winter Games, 9th in men

Career Highlights:
Seven-time Grand Prix Series medalist (three gold, two silver, two bronze)
Three-time U.S. champion (2009, 2010, 2012)
2013, U.S. bronze medalist
2012, World Team Trophy silver medalist
2011, Four Continents bronze medalist
2010, World Championships, fifth place
2009, World Team Trophy gold medalist
2008, Grand Prix Final champion
2007, Four Continents bronze medalist
2005, U.S. junior champion

Fun Facts:
Started a fund with the Aspen Skating Club to support competitive local male figure skaters.... Has a sister, Gwen, who was a competitive downhill skier.... Favorite snack is hummus.

Lanny Barnes


Residence: Durango, CO
Hobbies: Soccer, Fly Fishing, Climbing, Hunting, Drawing

Did you know...?

• Favorite Olympic moment: when the US women won their first soccer Gold Medal
• My favorite outfit is Wrangler jeans, belt buckle and a cowboy hat
• My favorite place in the world is Durango
• My best friend is Tracy
• The best thing in the last couple of years was being able to share the Olympics with my family
• If I were not a world class athlete, I would be a coach & artist
• I am a slacker when it comes to waxing my skis
• My favorite psych-up music is Pink & Zach Brown Band
• In 2014, I expect to be at the Olympics as a Gold medalist


First Year in Biathlon: 1998
Member of National Team since: 2004
Uniform: Adidas
Skis & Boots: Atomic
Coaches: Jonne Kahkonen and Tracy Barnes

David Chodounsky

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Discipline: Slalom, Giant Slalom
Height: 5'11"
Current Residence: Crested Butte, Colo.
College: Dartmouth College '08, Engineering, Geology

Career Highlights:
2013, World Cup at Adelboden, Switzerland slalom 10th place
2012, World Cup at Val d'Isere, France slalom 15th place
2009, U.S. slalom champion

Fun Facts:
Enjoys fishing.... Fan of the Denver Broncos.... Began skiing at the age of 2 when his parents pushed him down the front yard hill.

Simi Hamilton

Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Height: 5'10"
Current Residence: Aspen, Colo.
College: Middlebury College
Olympic Experience:

2010 Olympic Winter Games, 13th in men's 4x10k relay, 29th in men's sprint, 64th in men's 15k

Career Highlights:
2012, World Cup in Drammen, Norway sprint classic 7th place
2011, World Championships sprint freestyle 25th place
2011, World Cup in Rogla, Slovakia, sprint freestyle 10th place
2010, U.S. sprint freestyle champion

Fun Facts:
Enjoys biking and surfing.... Rock climbs in Colorado, Utah and Idaho.... Mother would attach a leash around him as a child while skiing down the mountain to keep him in control.

Continue to meet more of the twenty Coloradans in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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