CU Olympians

In 1948 track standout David Bolen (Mktg’50) became the first CU student to participate in the Olympics. Since then nearly 80 Buffs have competed in the Olympics.

Athletes with ties to the Buffaloes did well at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with five Buffs heading to the London games: senior Emma Coburn in the steeplechase, Kara Goucher (Psych’01) in the marathon, senior Shalaya Kipp in the steeplechase, Dathan Ritzenhein (Hist’06) in the 10,000, Jenny Barringer Simpson (Econ, PolSci’09) in the 1,500 and senior Flora Duffy in the triathlon competing for Bermuda.

According to David Plati, associate athletics director, that ties the CU best for the most athletes competing in track for the United States in a Summer Olympics, matching the five in 2008 as Barringer, Goucher and Ritzenhein also participated that year in Beijing. In the 2000 Sydney Games, nine former Buffs were Olympians, six in track, but three competed for their native countries outside the U.S., with one in women’s basketball, one in mountain biking and another in cycling.

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Coburn and Kipp become just the third and fourth Buffs to compete in the Summer Games while still eligible to compete as collegians; the late Ted Woods (football/track) was a sprinter in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, and Barringer competed in the steeplechase in 2008 – both were juniors as are Coburn and Kipp.

What was the most athletes CU has ever had in a single Olympics? The 1972 Winter games when 13 represented the Buffs, followed by 12 in the 1968 Winter games. Read about our alums who have played pivotal roles behind the scenes of the Olympics.

Check out the 2012 London Olympics Schedule

SUMMER 2012 LONDON

TRACK AND FIELD
Emma Coburn
Kara Grgas-Wheeler Goucher
Shalaya Kipp
Dathan Ritzenhein
Jenny Barringer Simpson

WINTER 2010 VANCOUVER

ALPINE SKIING
Casey Puckett
Daron Rahlves

FREESTYLE SKIING
Coach Tyler Shepherd

SUMMER 2008 BEIJING

BASKETBALL
Aija Putnina – Latvia

TRACK AND FIELD
Kara Grgas-Wheeler Goucher
Billy Nelson
Dathan Ritzenhein
Jenny Barringer Simpson
Jorge Torres

WINTER 2006 TORINO

ALPINE SKIING
Neha Ahuja – India
Daron Rahlves

FREESTYLE SKIING
Jeremy Bloom

NORDIC SKIING
Justin Freeman

SKI JUMPING
Tommy Schwall

SUMMER 2004 ATHENS

CYCLING
Deirdre Dement Barry (Silver, Individual Time Trial)
Tyler Hamilton (Gold, Individual Time Trial)

MOUNTAIN BIKING
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski

TRACK AND FIELD
Susan Bartholomew-Williams (Bronze, Triathlon)
Alan Culpepper
Dathan Ritzenhein
Shayne Wille Culpepper

WINTER 2002 SALT LAKE CITY

ALPINE SKIING
Tahir Bisic – Bosnia
Casey Puckett
Daron Rahlves

FREESTYLE SKIING
Jeremy Bloom

NORDIC SKIING
Katerina Hanusova – Czech Republic

SKI JUMPING
Tommy Schwall

SUMMER 2000 SYDNEY

CYCLING
Tyler Hamilton

MOUNTAIN BIKING
Travis Brown

TRACK AND FIELD
Hannah Cooper – Liberia
Alan Culpepper
Shayne Wille Culpepper
Karol Damon
Adam Goucher
Yvonne Scott – Japan

WINTER 1998 NAGANO

ALPINE SKIING
Andy LeRoy
Casey Puckett
Daron Rahlves

NORDIC SKIING
Katerina Hanusova – Czech Republic
Lucie Hanusova – Czech Republic
Ondrej Valenta – Czech Republic

SNOWBOARDING
Shannon Dunn (Bronze, Halfpipe)

SUMMER 1996 ATLANTA

BASKETBALL
Coach Ceal Barry (Gold, team)

MOUNTAIN BIKING
Julie Furtado
Eva Orvosova – Slovakia

TRACK AND FIELD
Yvonne Scott – Japan
Mary Decker Slaney

WINTER 1994 LILLEHAMMER

ALPINE SKIING
Caroline Gedde-Dahl – Norway
Casey Puckett

BOBSLED
Joseph Sawyer

NORDIC SKIING
Ingrid Langell Butts
Ben Husaby

WINTER 1992 ALBERTVILLE

BOBSLED
Joseph Sawyer

ALPINE SKIING
Casey Puckett

NORDIC SKIING
Ingrid Langell Butts
Ben Husaby

SUMMER 1992 BARCELONA

CYCLING
Tim Peddie

WINTER 1988 CALGARY

ALPINE SKIING
Pam Fletcher
Beth Madsen

FIGURE SKATING
Debi Thomas (Bronze, Ladies’ Single)

NORDIC SKIING
Ingrid Langell Butts
Kristen Petty
SUMMER 1988 SEOUL

TRACK AND FIELD
Mary Decker Slaney

WINTER 1984 SARAJEVO

ALPINE SKIING
Coach Bill Marolt

SUMMER 1984 LOS ANGELES

TRACK AND FIELD
Art Burns
Mary Decker Slaney

WINTER 1980 LAKE PLACID

ALPINE SKIING
Coach Bill Marolt
Cary Adgate
Pete Patterson

NORDIC SKIING
Coach Mike Devecka

WINTER 1976 INNSBRUCK

ALPINE SKIING
Cary Adgate
Greg Jones
Pete Patterson

LUGE
Robert Berkley, Jr.
Richard Cavanaugh

NORDIC SKIING
Coach Mike Devecka
Ronald Yaeger

SUMMER 1976 MONTREAL

GYMNASTICS
Debra Wilcox

TRACK AND FIELD
Jane Wardell Frederick
William Jankunis

WINTER 1972 SAPPORO

ALPINE SKIING
Hank Kashiwa
Michael Lafferty

FIGURE SKATING
Douglas Berndt

LUGE
Robert Berkley, Jr.
Richard Cavanaugh
Margaret Ann Frair

NORDIC SKIING
Coach Mike Devecka
Michael Gallagher
Robert Gray
Robert Kendall
Clark Matis
Jay Rand, Jr.
Ronald Yaeger

SUMMER 1972 MUNICH

BASKETBALL
Coach Hank Iba (Silver, team)

EQUESTRIAN
James Wofford

TRACK AND FIELD
Jane Wardell Frederick

WINTER 1968 GRENOBLE

ALPINE SKIING
Coach Bob Beattie
Jim Barrows
Jimmie Heuga
William “Billy” Kidd
Vladimir “Spider” Sabich
Sandra Shellworth

NORDIC SKIING
Coach Mike Devecka
Michael Gallagher
Robert Gray
Robert Kendall
Jay Rand, Jr.
Thomas Upham

SUMMER 1968 MEXICO CITY

BASKETBALL
Coach Hank Iba (Gold, team)

EQUESTRIAN
James Wofford

TRACK AND FIELD
William Toomey (Gold, Decathlon

WINTER 1964 INNSBRUCK

ALPINE SKIING
Coach Bob Beattie
Jimmie Heuga (Bronze, Slalom)
William “Billy” Kidd (Silver, Slalom)
William Marolt
Annibale John “Ni” Orsi
Wallace “Buddy” Werner

NORDIC SKIING
Michael Gallagher

SUMMER 1964 TOKYO

BASKETBALL
Coach Hank Iba (Gold, team)

WINTER 1960 SQUAW VALLEY

ALPINE SKIING
Frank Brown

FIGURE SKATING
Donald Jenkins

NORDIC SKIING
John Dendahl

SUMMER 1960 ROME

BASKETBALL
Burdette Haldorson (Gold, team)

TRACK AND FIELD
Ted Woods

WINTER 1956 CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

ALPINE SKIING
Wallace “Buddy” Werner

FIGURE SKATING
Donald Wilkinson Jenkins

SUMMER 1956 MELBOURNE / STOCKHOLM

BASKETBALL
Burdette Haldorson (Gold, team)
Robert Jeangerard (Gold, team)

SUMMER 1948 LONDON

TRACK AND FIELD
David Bolen

3 Responses to CU Olympians

  1. Thomas Chin says:

    Chauncey Billups was asked by Coach Larry Brown to join the Athens 2004 USA Men
    Olympic Basketball Team as a Point-Guard. Billups turned down the request.
    Subsequently, Billups tried to make the Beijing Olympics(2008) & London
    Olympics (2012) but could not make the rosters. Lesson: Take advantage of
    opportunities in life when they present themselves.

  2. Richard Ball says:

    The Late Jimmy Huega, was a great asset to CU. He joined our Fraternity SAE after the 1964 Bronze ski metal and was a warm, fun and very humble person. Coach Bob Beattie asked the Greek system to give the ski team free boad and room and we did. Jimmy enjoyed our house so much he just decided to join it. We put him out on the front steps for Rush week that fall and he was a big asset.

  3. Jeff Carey says:

    Who are we to say what is in the best interest of Chauncey Billups life? He has had an unbelievable career and accomplished so much. Thanks for bringing pride to the Buffs name and city of Denver Chauncey!

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