With the 2010 Olympics mere days away, it’s a good time to take account of Vermonters in the Olympics.
The Burlington Free Press’ Patrick Garrity has done a great job of compiling a list of native-born Vermonters, those with Vermont school connections and those who currently or once lived in the state.
Garrity’s blog, which is hosted on the Free Press website, promises to be a great resource for those looking for Vermont-flavored coverage.
Another good source appears to be Stowe Reporter’s Marina Knight’s blog. Both have bios of the athletes which include, in some cases, links to their social media sites, like twitter feeds.
Both Garrity and Knight are either in or en route to the Games, so their access to the athletes should be great, which is a boon to those who have been seized by Olympic fever.
As the Olympics develop, my goal on aerochug.com is to be an aggregator for news on Vermont’s Olympians.
Here’s the list of Vermont athletes I will be following:
* Kelly Clark, Snowboarding, halfpipe; Hannah Teter, Snowboarding, halfpipe; Lindsey Jacobellis, snowboardcross; Louie Vito, halfpipe
* Jimmy Cochran, slalom; Nolan Kasper, slalom; Chelsea Marshall, super g
* Andy Newell, sprints; Liz Stephen, distance; Caitlin Compton, distance/sprints; Simi Hamilton; Garrott Kuzzy; Kris Freeman
* Hannah Kearney, moguls; Daron Rahlves, skicross; Michael Morse, freestyle moguls
* Tim Thomas, Team USA
• Laura Spector; Lowell BaileyHow closely will you follow the upcoming Winter Olympics?(answers) How closely will you follow the upcoming Winter Olympics?(answers)
Of this list, only a handful – Stephen (East Montpelier), Newell (Shaftsbury), Kearney (Norwich), Marshall (Pittsfield), Teter (Belmont) are true Vermonters, i.e. born in the state. All of the rest either went to a ski school, a regular Vermont high school, a Vermont college or honed their skils in the state.
If you know of anyone I’ve missed or if you know of a Vermont-based resource I should include in my daily sweep of the web, please pass it along in the comment section below.
If you are looking for some Vermont Winter Olympic history to read before the games, I stumbled across this comprehensive, but unverified story on past Olympians with ties to the state.
Finally, Teter earned some acclaim on Tuesday when photos of her from the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue appeared on the SI.com website.