2016 athletes of the year

2016 Athletes of the Year

Before the season started, Mike MacIntyre said, “We are climbing out of a deep hole and the ladder is poking out of that hole. Now, we have to get out of the hole.”

After savoring the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory against Carolina and his own Super Bowl MVP performance, Von Miller continued his stellar play through the 2016 season.

Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn seemed to cast one shadow in 2016. 

A shadow needs sun to make its presence. Last year the sun shined brightly on the two friends and Boulder training partners when they won bronze medals in the Summer Olympics. They became the first women in U.S. history to take the Olympic podium in the 1,500 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively.

Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn seemed to cast one shadow in 2016. 

A shadow needs sun to make its presence. Last year the sun shined brightly on the two friends and Boulder training partners when they won bronze medals in the Summer Olympics. They became the first women in U.S. history to take the Olympic podium in the 1,500 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. 

Coming out of a Tomball, Texas, high school, Justin Dvorak received only three offers to play college football. Standing 6-foot and weighing less than 200 pounds, he was told, time and time again, that he was just too small to make the grade.

If there is a part of Ellen Nystrom's game Colorado State women’s basketball coach Ryun Williams favors, it would be the sum of the parts.

It’s not every day that Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh hops on a plane destined for Colorado. Then again, it’s not every day that Harbaugh has a prized recruit playing in the Class 5A championship game. Harbaugh’s attendance at the 2016 state final was noteworthy.

Joy Rondeau has a passion for sports and has been athletic her entire life. 

The 28-year-old was born with a congenital disease called Familial Spastic Paraparesis (FSP), a neurological disorder that shares symptoms with cerebral palsy, including poor muscle coordination and balance. Rondeau was born in California and attended a Colorado junior wheelchair sports camp as a six-year-old. She tried out a number of adaptive sports, which she thoroughly enjoyed

The blistering pace Grandview High School’s Brie Oakley has set in Colorado and national track and cross-country circles is simply astonishing. 

In less than two years of running competitively in high school, Oakley is the top-ranked cross-country runner in the nation, according to MileSplit.com. Not bad after joining the Grandview cross-country team in the fall of 2015 at the suggestion of a friend.