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Paris bound: These Colorado athletes are headed to the 2024 Olympics, Paralympics

About two dozen athletes with strong ties to Colorado have qualified for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics as of July 1.
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Posted at 5:51 PM, Jul 01, 2024

Editor's note: We will update this article as more athletes qualify for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Athletes all over Colorado have qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics and will compete on that world stage this summer.

The Olympics begin July 26 with an opening ceremony and will continue through Aug. 11. The Paralympics will start Aug. 28 and run through Sept. 8.

The Paris Olympics medals are made with pieces of the Eiffel Tower

The Colorado athletes' specialties include volleyball, track and field, climbing, rowing, swimming and more.

Team USA has a map of the United States on its website showing the hometowns of athletes who have currently qualified for the Games. Click here and scroll down to explore more of the map. Our list in this story contains those athletes, plus the ones who train here long-term, went to school here, or have Colorado listed as their hometown.

Meet the Coloradans representing Team USA in the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics below.


Valarie Allman | Track and field | Longmont

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Valarie Allman poses after winning the women's discus throw final during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Allman, 29, won the women's discus final at the Olympic Trails in June by more than eight meters, securing her spot in the Paris Olympics.

She won gold in the event in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and is seeking to defend the title this summer.

Allman began competing in track and field during her first year at Silver Creek High School. She told Team USA that she initially started throwing so she could attend the annual spaghetti dinner that the throwers held every year.

She graduated from high school as a co-valedictorian, carrying a GPA of 4.4.

At the 2023 world championships, she won silver.

Riley Amos | Cycling | Durango

At 22 years old, Amos is going to the Olympic stage for the first time.

He first picked up cycling when he was in second grade with Durango DEVO, a youth mountain bike club, USA Cycling reported. When he reached high school, he competed in the NICA high school mountain bike league, winning four USA Cycling national titles as a junior.

He continued to rise in the ranks and made the podium in multiple U23 XCO World Cups. He won his first one in 2021.

“My favorite moments on a bike aren’t even the races,” he told Olympics.com. “I love riding with my friends in the community at home in Durango, Colorado, more than anything. Being home in the summer and in the mountains around Durango is unreal. We have singletrack like nowhere else in the world and amazing riding. It’s just beautiful.”

Christopher Blevins | Cycling | Durango

Christopher Blevins, of the United States, races in the mountain bike cross-country short track event at the UCI World Cup, Friday, Oct. 6, 2023
FILE -Christopher Blevins, of the United States, races in the mountain bike cross-country short track event at the UCI World Cup, Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, in Beaupre, Quebec. Short-track world champion Christopher Blevins, who has become a mainstay on the mountain bike World Cup podium over the past three years, and Haley Batten will lead a U.S. team with medal ambitions into the Paris Olympics in July 2024. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Blevins is returning to the Olympics this year with a goal to medal.

He ended a 30-year drought for American men in World Cup races in 2021, then returned to the top step of the podium at the first World Cup race of this season in Brazil, the Associated Press reported.

"The magnitude of the Olympics is one of the most special things to experience as an athlete," he told USA Cycling. "Being a part of Team USA is a celebration that extends beyond yourself, and there's a whole team giving their best in the sport we love. I was proud to make it to Tokyo in 2021, and maybe even more so to make my second Olympic games, with the opportunity to give it everything for a medal on July 29 in Paris. The sport of mountain biking is growing at an exciting rate in the States, and I know this Games will be another step in that direction."

Savilia Blunk | Cycling | Durango

For about a decade, Blunk has climbed in the ranks of mountain biking, USA Cycling reported. Now, she has reached the top rung: The Paris Olympics.

“When I was 15, this dream felt almost inconceivable," she told the Olympics in a report. "I knew it would take a lot of hard work, but what was even harder to find in the process was team support, resources, and funding to get myself to the biggest stage. Now looking back, I realize this WAS the path all along - never giving up on my dreams. I’m so proud to have reached this moment and am super excited to represent the USA in Paris!”

With eight national titles, she is the 2024 Elite National Champion in XCO and XCC.

Originally from Inverness, California, Blunk, 24, now trains in Durango.

Valerie Constien | Track and field | Edwards

At 28 years old, Constien, a CU Boulder grad, set an Olympic Trials record in the steeplechase final in late June. She finished in 9 minutes and 3.22 seconds. It was also her personal best time.

"Hard work, dedication, patience, and confidence. Not necessarily in that order, but yeah, that's the secret formula," she wrote on Instagram after the race.

At Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, she was a four-sport athlete, having competed in track and field, cross country, Nordic skiing and soccer.

When she is not training, she enjoys baking, crafting, reading and big game hunting.

Kyle Coon | Para triathlon | Carbondale

In early July, USA Triathlon announced the 2024 U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team, which includes 32-year-old Coon.

He is returning to the Paralympics after earning fifth in Tokyo in 2021. He is also the proud owner of five World Triathlon Para Series medals — three gold and two bronze.

Coon lost his vision when he was 7 years old due to a rare eye cancer and is now a member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team in Colorado Springs, according to Team USA.

His vision loss has not slowed him down. In 2006, he hiked the Ancascocha Trail into Machu Picchu and in 2007, when he was just 15, he summited Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2018, he competed in the IRONMAN Arizona and became the first totally blind person to complete an IRONMAN triathlon in less than 11 hours, Team USA reported.

He also enjoys rock climbing, skiing and running.

The Paralympic triathlon competition is set for Sept. 1-2.

Elise Cranny | Track and field | Niwot

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Elise Cranny wins a heat women's 5000-meter run during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials Friday, June 21, 2024, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

On June 24, defending USATF champion Cranny and Elle St. Pierre battled it out in the 5,000-meter race, with Cranny finishing just .02 seconds after St. Pierre.

Both women, along with Karissa Schweizer, are going to compete in the event in Paris.

Cranny, 28, placed 13th in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 5,000-meter. She won the Olympic Team Trials in 2021 for the race.

She is spreading awareness for RED-S, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport.

Cranny attended Niwot High School and went on to Stanford University, where she graduated in 2018.

Olivia Cummins | Cycling | Grand Junction

Cummins, who was born in Fort Collins and now calls Grand Junction home, found out in mid-June that she had been selected for Team USA’s Women’s Track Cycling team.

The Colorado Mesa University student, set to graduate in 2025 with a psychology degree, has been racing on the bike since she was 5 years old.

"She and her family went to watch a local race and heard there was a kids race later in the day," according to USA Cycling. "She decided to sign up for it and race. She got second to one of the boys in the race and wouldn’t stop crying until she heard there would be another race later that day. She decided to sign up, again, and won the race, and the rest is history."

Hailey Danz | Para triathlon | Colorado Springs

Danz, 33, grew up as an active girl. When she was 12, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her left leg and two years later, she made the decision to have the leg amputated so she could return to her active lifestyle, according to team USA.

She took up skiing before trying out the triathlon, competing in her first one through Dare2Tri. By 2013, she had earned an ITU Paratriathlon world title, and by 2015 she was named the USA Triathlon Paratriathlete of the Year, Team USA reported.

Danz won a silver medal in the PTS2 classification for the paratriathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In 2022, she also won her third World Triathlon Paratriathlon World Championship title.

Colin Duffy | Sport climbing | Broomfield

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Colin Duffy, of the United States, competes during the bouldering portion of the men's sport climbing final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Duffy, 20, is returning to the Olympics after coming in seventh in the combined competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Since then, he has continued to snatch impressive finishes at world championships, including a silver in bouldering and lead combined in 2023.

He was the youngest member of the USA Climbing Team in Tokyo, which marked the first time sport climbing was held at the Olympics.

While climbing takes up much of his time — his passion for it started at age 5 — he has aspirations of studying engineering in college and enjoys the challenge of a good puzzle and Rubik's cube.

Duffy also loves to rescue animals, and has taken in a dog named Lucky and cat named Sparky.

Chloe Dygert | Cycling | Colorado Springs

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FILE - Taylor Knibb, of the United States, rides during the elite women's ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. Chloe Dygert and Taylor Knibb already secured the two women’s spots on the U.S. cycling team for the Paris Olympics. Dygert won the time trial world title to earn an automatic nomination, while Knibb was a surprising winner of the U.S. time trial championship.(Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Dygert only started cycling in May 2013 but just two months later, she was standing on the podium of every junior nationals road cycling event. By 2015, she was the Junior World Champion in both the time trials and road races, according to USA Cycling.

In March 2016, her team took home the UCI World Championship title — the first time in USA Cycling history that that has been done for men or women. The following year, she qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio, where her team went on to win a silver medal.

She has won seven World Championship titles on the road and track since then.

Natalia Grossman | Sport climbing | Boulder

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Natalia Grossman of the United States raises a U.S flag after winning gold in the women's boulder lead climbing final at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Grossman, 22, started climbing when she was just six years old and it kicked off a career that started in California and led her to Boulder.

She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2022 and just two years later, qualified for the 2024 Paris Games with a win at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023.

“My feelings are just like gratitude and joy for all those people who have been a part of my journey and those who have just been there with me these past few months,” she told Team USA after qualifying. “I changed a lot up in my life and in training. And to see it pay off, it feels incredible.”

Grossman carries multiple accolades, including the No. 1 ranking in the world for women's bouldering in 2023 and No. 5 ranking in the world for women's bouldering and leading in 2023.

She told USA Climbing that when she finishes her climbing career, she wants to become a therapist.

Anna Hall | Track and field | Highlands Ranch

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Anna Hall celebrates after winning the women's 800-meter run event and the overall in the heptathlon during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials Monday, June 24, 2024, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Just six months after Hall, 23, had knee surgery, she made an incredible comeback to secure her spot in the heptathlon at the Paris Olympics.

A heptathlon consists of seven events: the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash, the long jump, the javelin throw and the 800-meter run.

She holds the fifth-highest heptathlon score in history, and second-highest among active athletes, according to Team USA.

The Valor Christian High School graduate crashed during the hurdles event at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which crushed her Olympic goals for Tokyo.

Lindsey Horan | Soccer | Golden

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FILE - Lyon's Lindsey Horan runs with the ball during the women's Champions League quarterfinals, first leg, soccer match between SL Benfica and Olympique Lyonnais at the Luz Stadium, in Lisbon, Tuesday, March 19, 2024. One of the most striking signs of the global rise of women's soccer is the growing international transfer market and the fees club teams are shelling out for talented players. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

Midfielder Lindsey Horan, who was born in Wheat Ridge and lives in Golden, first made headlines when she became the first American woman to skip college and head straight to the pros after high school, according to Team USA. She played with Paris Saint Germain in France for four years before returning to the United States.

The 27-year-old graduated from Golden High School in 2012.

She was named to the Olympic team on June 26.

"So so honored to represent this country at another Olympics," she wrote on Instagram. "I cannot wait to see what this team can do."

Horan is headed to her third Olympics.

She is one of three Coloradans on the USWNT named to the Paris Olympic Games roster.

Woody Kincaid | Track and field | Littleton

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Woody Kincaid runs in the men's 5000-meter final run during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials, Sunday, June 30, 2024, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Woody Kincaid, 31, is going back to the Olympics after finishing 14th at the 2020 Tokyo Games in the 5,000-meter race, and 15th in the 10,000-meter race

He finished the 10,000-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Trials in second place with a time of 27:50.74.

Last year, he finished 11th at the world championships in the 10,000-meter run.

Kincaid graduated from Columbine High School and ran for the University of Portland.

Taylor Knibb | Cycling and Triathlon | Boulder

Knibb was inspired to become a triathlete after watching her mother compete in IRONMAN races. After trying a kids race, she was hooked.

She was named the Washington D.C. Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year and the D.C. State Athletic Association Runner of the Year in both 2014 and 2015, according to USA Cycling, and was the 2015 and 2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite national champion, the 2015 ITU Junior World Championships silver medalist, the 2016 and 2017 ITU Junior World Champion and the 2018 Under-23 World Champion.

In 2023, she made her full IRONMAN debut, where she placed fourth at the world championships in Hawaii. That same year, she competed in her first time trial at the 2023 USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships, where she placed fourth.

Last August, she qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team at the World Triathlon Olympic Games Test Event Paris after placing fifth.

This past May, Knibb qualified for the U.S. Cycling Olympic Team with a victory at the 2024 USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships.

During the Tokyo 2020 Games, she won an Olympic silver as a member of the mixed relay team.

Grant Koontz | Cycling | Nederland

Koontz, who was born in Texas and calls Nederland home, was given a new bike instead of a car for his 16th birthday — a joke of sorts by his parents. They couldn't have known that Koontz would ride it straight into a life-long passion.

He won a Collegiate National Championship in 2015, according to USA Cycling, and decided to aim to ride professionally. He raced in the professional road circuit for four years and then moved to the race track.

"Koontz has had several standout performances on the track in 2024, including Pan American Championship titles in the Elimination, Madison, and Team Pursuit, a bronze in the Adelaide Nations Cup Elimination Race, and an eighth-place finish in the Milton Nations Cup Omnium," USA Cycling reported.

Rylan Kissell | Shooting | Denver

Kissell grew up in the outdoor space, enjoying camping and fishing with his family. His hobbies would later expand to include shooting, which began with a BB gun and cans in his backyard. When he was 12, he became competitive in the sport.

The more he shot an air rifle, the more he loved it. In high school, he accepted a scholarship to compete on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rifle team, according to USA Shooting. There, he was part of the winning 2023 national championship team and individual air rifle championship.

After college, he moved to Colorado, where he trains.

Kissell finished second overall at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Air Gun Shooting in January. He was confirmed as an Olympian in the Men's 10m Air Rifle for the Paris Games.

The first rifle event for this year's Olympics is the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team and Women’s 10m Air Pistol, which are both on July 27.

Leonard Korir | Track and field | Colorado Springs

Korir was born in Kenya and moved to the United States in 2009 knowing little English phrases and carrying just a single suitcase, Team USA reported. When he turned 20 years old, he began running competitively, and he has since soared in the sport.

He competed at Iona College in cross country and track and field, becoming an eight-time NCAA All-American.

In 2016, he qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he placed 14th in the 10,000-meter race. That same year, he won gold in the New York City Half Marathon.

Elizabeth Marks | Paralympic swimming | Colorado Springs

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Elizabeth Marks, bottom, hangs off the starting block before the women's 100 backstroke at the 2024 U.S. Paralympic Swim Team Trials in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Jackson Ranger)

SFC Marks joined the U.S. Army in 2008 just after she turned 17 years old, and while in Iraq as a combat medic, she sustained bilateral hip injuries, according to Team USA.

Two years later, amid her recovery, she found her love for competitive swimming. Within about six months, she was accepted into the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.

In 2016, Marks received the ESPY Pat Tillman Award and in 2017, she was inducted into the Army Woman’s Hall of Fame.

Marks has competed in two Paralympics and brought home medals in five events. She earned a gold, silver and bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Games, and a gold and bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Djordje Mihailovic | Soccer | Denver area

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Colorado Rapids midfielder Djordje Mihailovic in action against the Seattle Sounders during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Seattle. The Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Mihailovic, a midfielder for the Colorado Rapids, has been named on the USMNT Olympic roster in Paris this summer, the team announced.

"The midfielder has been a part of two Concacaf Gold Cup rosters and is enjoying a strong season back in MLS as a designated player with the Colorado Rapids, netting 10 goals and adding six assists," U.S. Soccer wrote in the announcement.

The Colorado Rapids reported that Mihailovic is the second active Colorado Rapids player to represent the United States in the Olympics.

The Olympic soccer games begin July 21 and continue until the final match on Aug. 9.

Mihailovic was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

Eric Newby | Wheelchair rugby | Bailey

Newby, 36, is returning for his third Paralympics this year, after winning the silver medal in both 2016 and 2021 in the mixed team event.

The team also won silver in the 2022 world championship.

He broke his neck in 2006, but as soon as he left in-patient rehab, he started playing wheelchair rugby.

Newby said he enjoys adventuring, playing with his dog, lifting weights and swimming when he is not practicing. He works for the Disabled Athlete Sports Association in St. Louis as the marketing coordinator, according to USA Wheelchair Rugby.

Jack O'Neil | Swimming | Colorado Springs

O'Neil, who attends the University of Wyoming, qualified for Paris after strong finishes in multiple events in early July, the university reported. He is set to graduate from the school in 2025.

Growing up in Colorado Springs, he competed with the Pikes Peak Athletics swim club.

"To be able to call myself a Paralympian has been many years in the making and I can’t wait to represent Team USA on the biggest stage," he posted on Instagram after qualifying. "Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey here. I am truly a product of the incredible community around me."

Josh O'Neill | Wheelchair rugby | Colorado Springs

O'Neill, 36, has competed at the highest level of wheelchair rugby for just a few years, but has already made a huge impact, including the team's recent win at the 2023 Parapan American Games Santiago.

According to USA Wheelchair Rugby, he comes from a long line of racecar drivers and raced go-karts as a kid. On his 16th birthday, he crashed and broke his neck.

While in rehab, he watched the movie "Murderball" and was inspired to participate in wheelchair rugby.

Three years later, he started playing for the University of Arizona Wildcats, where he honed in on the skills needed in the sport. He made his first national training squad roster in 2022 and helped his team bring home the gold at the Americas Championship in Medellin, Colombia.

Morgan Pearson | Triathlon | Boulder

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Morgan Pearson of the United States runs as he competes during the mixed relay triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Pearson, a University of Colorado Boulder graduate, grew up as a competitive swimmer and ocean lifeguard in Spring Lake, New Jersey.

He ran cross-country and track and field at CU Boulder, where he was a seven-time All-American, according to Team USA.

The 30-year-old podiumed at the Tokyo Olympics when Team USA claimed the silver medal at the mixed relay event. He was the first American male to qualify for those Games.

Jordyn Poulter | Volleyball | Aurora

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Olympians Jordan Larson, left, and Jordyn Poulter shake hands during the USA Volleyball Spring Training Camp at Open Gym Premier in Anaheim, Calif., on March 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Poulter, a 26-year-old setter, has experience in every major volleyball tournament in the United States, including the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, FIVB World Cup and NORCCA Women’s Continental Championship, Team USA reported. She brought home silver and gold in many of those competitions throughout the years.

In 2018, she joined the U.S. Women's National Team.

She made her Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020, when Team USA took home the gold. Poulter was also named the best setter at those Games, according to USA Volleyball.

Poulter calls Aurora home and went to Eaglecrest High School and then the University of Illinois, where she graduated in 2018.

Outside of volleyball, Poulter enjoys playing piano and guitar and is an aspiring filmmaker.

Her younger sister also plays volleyball at the University of Denver.

Brooke Raboutou | Sport climbing | Boulder

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Brooke Raboutou of the United States competes in the women's boulder lead climbing final at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Raboutou was the first climber in the United States to qualify for the Olympic Games and now she is back for round two.

She earned fifth place at the 2020 Games in the combined climbing competition. Since then, she has also excelled at the world championships, earning bronze in 2023 for bouldering.

In June, she won first place at the Olympic Qualifier Series Budapest.

Raboutou began climbing when she was 1 year old, and became the youngest person in the world to climb 5.14b when she was just 11 years old, according to Team USA.

She grew up in a family of climbers — her parents Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou are climbing world cup champions and her older brother is a successful outdoor climber, Team USA reported.

Howie Sanborn | Paratriathlon | Denver

Sanborn, a retired U.S. Army veteran, served for 15 years. During that time, he began competing as an able-bodied person in triathlons. In September 2012, he was hit by a driver while biking. He broke his back and was paralyzed from the waist down, according to Team USA.

During his recovery, he learned about the Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Club and competed in his first triathlon as a wheelchair athlete.

He missed qualifying for the Tokyo Games, which lit a fire in him. In March, he won the men’s PTWC race, qualifying for Paris.

Sanborn also won the 2024 BOLDERBoulder professional men's push-rim wheelchair race in a time of 27 minutes and 24 seconds.

Keith Sanderson | Shooting | Monument

Sanderson first began shooting in 1996 in Marine Corps matches, USA Shooting reported.

"He spent eight years in the Marine Corps and eight years in the US Army and was the Chief Marksmanship Instructor for Marine Corps Base Hawaii," it continued. "Keith won an unprecedented three medals (one gold, one silver and one bronze) in three World Cups in 2009."

He has more than 30 ISSF World Cup top 10 finishes.

Sanderson has competed in several Olympic Games, including in 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London, 2016 in Rio and is now headed to Paris for the men's rapid fire pistol competition.

Sophia Smith | Soccer | Windsor

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United States forward Sophia Smith, right, collects the ball as South Korea forward Kang Chaerim, left, comes in to defend in the second half of an international friendly soccer game Saturday, June 1, 2024, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Smith is headed to her first Olympic Games. She attended Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins.

The 23-year-old earned her first Senior National Team call-up in 2017 when she was just 16 years old. She made her debut in 2020 as the first player born in the 2000s to get on the field.

She was named the 2022 BioSteel U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

Smith is one of three Coloradans on the USWNT named to the Paris Olympic Games roster.

Morgan Stickney | Paralympic swimming | Colorado Springs

With two gold medals already under her belt, Stickney, 27, is ready to compete in Paris.

The University of Colorado - Colorado Springs grad began swimming when she was 10 years old, and as an able-bodied swimmer, she was ranked in the top 20 in the nation for the 1,500-meter swim when she was 15, according to Team USA. When she was young, she broke several bones in her left foot due to a vascular condition, which eventually led to its amputation.

Just weeks after the surgery, she was back in the pool. Later, the same happened to her right foot. Another amputation followed.

Stickney won gold at the 2018 Para National Championships in the 400-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle. In the Tokyo Paralympics, she won two gold medals.

“It would be so special (to return to the Paralympics),” she told Team USA ahead of the trials. “It’s almost more special, in a sense, than the last time because of everything I’ve been going through. It’s just always such an amazing experience, and I could never say enough positive things about being able to represent my country. It was so special to go to Tokyo just after losing both my legs, and being faced with this awful thing in life and turning it into a positive. I feel like I’m trying to do that same thing with my situation now.”

Melissa Stockwell | Para triathlon | Colorado Springs

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Melissa Stockwell reacts arriving at the finish line in the Women's Triathlon PTS2 at Odaiba Marine Park in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Stockwell works as a prosthetist but trains for the para triathlon full-time at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

She also went to school at CU Boulder, graduating in 2002. After her graduation, she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Arm. One month after she was deployed to Iraq, she became the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat after her vehicle was hit by a bomb, according to Team USA.

Four years later, she was the first Iraq War veteran to qualify for the Paralympic Games.

She is a co-founder of the Chicago-based Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club and serves on the board of directors for the Wounded Warriors Project and the USA Triathlon Women’s Committee, according to Team USA.

She is a three-time paralympian. She won bronze in 2016.

Mallory Swanson | Soccer | Highlands Ranch

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US forward Mallory Swanson in the second half of a soccer friendly Saturday, June 1, 2024, in Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Swanson, 26, was born in Littleton and raised in Highlands Ranch. She attended Mountain Vista High School and graduated in 2016.

She scored seven goals in five games at the Concacaf U-20 Women’s Qualifying Tournament in December 2015. She was 17 years old at the time. The feat helped earn her a spot on the full Women's National Team.

Paris will be her second Olympics.

She is one of three Coloradans on the USWNT named to the Paris Olympic Games roster.

Jataya Taylor | Wheelchair fencing | Aurora

Taylor, a Marine Corps veteran, has secured her spot to represent the U.S. in Women's Foil and Epee team events at the 2024 Paralympic Games.

According to the Military Times, she was injured in two training accidents, which led to the amputation of her left leg. In 2022, she found a renewed purpose with the new, and uncommon sport, of wheelchair fencing, also called parafencing.

“I love it because no matter where my health takes me now, I know I can still do this,” she told the Military Times in 2023.

Jessica Thoennes | Rowing | Highlands Ranch

Thoennes is headed to the Olympic Games after winning gold in the pair event at the 2024 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials. She competes in the women's pair (2-) boat class.

She was a walk-on to the University of Washington's rowing team.

Thoennes finished sixth in the pair at the 2024 World Rowing Cup II, US Rowing reported.

She trains in New Jersey. When she isn't practicing, she enjoys reading, hiking and drinking coffee, according to Team USA.

Jennifer Valente | Cycling | Colorado Springs

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FILE - Jennifer Valente of Team United States celebrates after winning the track cycling women's omnium points race at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Izu, Japan. Valente upset the favored British team in the multi-discipline omnium on the track in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Valente moved to Colorado Springs when she was 18 years old in pursuit of an Olympic dream, according to her website. In 2016, that effort paid off when she and her USA Cycling teammates became Olympic silver medalists.

In 2020, she won a gold in the Omnium and bronze in the team pursuit in Tokyo.

She attributes her success to her late coach, Mark Whitehead, who passed away in July 2011.

When she's not biking, Valente enjoys swimming, body surfing, paddleboarding and watching movies.

Emma Weber | Swimming | Denver

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Emma Weber reacts after winning the Women's 100 breaststroke semifinals Sunday, June 16, 2024, at the US Swimming Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Weber, a rising senior at the University of Virginia, is headed to the Olympics for the first time. In the Olympic Trials on June 17, she finished a 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.37, taking second place, according to USA Swimming.

Weber attended Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora and was part of the Denver Hilltoppers Club team. She was the Colorado State Champion in the 100-meter breaststroke and 200 IM.

At UVA, she has impressive finishes in a slew of various invitations and championships.

Haleigh Washington | Volleyball | Colorado Springs

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United States' Haleigh Washington during the women's volleyball semifinal match between Serbia and United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

After winning gold at her first Olympics in 2021, Washington, 28, is returning with many of the same teammates to defend the title in 2024. USA Volleyball announced its 12 players for the Olympic Games in early June.

The Doherty High School grad went on to Penn State, where she graduated in 2017. The following year, she joined the U.S. Women's National Team.

She told Volleyball World that she is "really pumped" for the 2024 Games.

"I am super stoked that we got that qualification," she said. "I know that we have what it takes to ride the path to the podium and do what we need to do. And I think it’s just about playing consistent, good volleyball. USA doesn’t really have to play perfect volleyball. We don’t have to be shining stars, but if we can play good team volleyball consistently throughout that tournament, I think we can do really good things.”

Following the team's win at the 2020 Olympics, Washington was named the best middle blocker at the Games.


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