Fifteen athletes with ties to Steamboat are competing in this year’s Winter Olympics. Even outside of these events, Steamboat connections have been made everywhere.

A reporter from 9 News in Silverton spotted my husband’s Steamboat hat while we were leaving a canceled event and filmed a short clip.

While on the bus, a visitor from Tuscon, Arizona, asked whether ski jumpers still trained at Howelsen Hill. He reminisced about visiting Steamboat as a boy and being in awe as jumpers sailed off the big jump.

Steamboat snowboard-cross athlete Mick Dierdorff’s family in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Feb. 14. Dierdorff finished fifth in the event Feb. 15.

While visiting a Korean cultural exhibit in PyeongChang, we were surprised to hear someone say, “Where’s Billy Kidd when you need him?” We talked about the town and some of the Olympians, old and new.

Tom Caldwell, of Breckenridge, attended the ladies slalom event Feb. 16 with his wife. He said it had been difficult to choose which event to watch that day, so during the breaks in the slalom event, he watched the men’s super-G on his tablet.

All of these chance encounters led to lively conversations and all reminded me of how special Steamboat Springs is. It remains in the hearts of anyone who has spent time there. And all of these conversations came simply from wearing a Steamboat hat.

Soohorang, the mascot of the 2018 Winter Olympics, represents Steamboat in a hat. A similar stuffed tiger is being given to the Olympic athletes who win medals.

About the author

Allison Miriani

 

Allison Miriani has lived in Steamboat Springs since 2003 and enjoys snowboarding and snowshoeing. She and her husband lived and worked in Gangwan, South Korea, from 2013 to 2014. When they heard the 2018 Winter Olympics would be held in Pyeongchang, they knew they had to attend.