Meet Eight Colorado Natives Competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Eighteen-year-old Mallory Pugh is a Colorado-born member of the U.S. women's soccer team. Additional images below.
Eighteen-year-old Mallory Pugh is a Colorado-born member of the U.S. women's soccer team. Additional images below.
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Today brings the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — and while many will be watching to find out if the games turn into a literal shit show (thanks to reports about water tainted by feces), those of us in Colorado have another reason to tune in: home-state pride.

The presence of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, not to mention mountainous terrain capable of testing even the best distance runners and cyclists, has inspired plenty of great athletes from America and beyond to live and train here.

But the Olympic team also sports a slew of competitors who not only reside in Colorado, but were born here, too.

Surprisingly, this group doesn't include swimmer Missy Franklin, whose performances during the 2012 London Olympics turned her into a national star; although raised in these parts, she was born in Pasadena, California. However, there are plenty of other Colorado natives on the squad, including some with a legitimate chance to medal — among them Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan, who'll be playing for the heavily favored women's soccer team, and Boulder cyclist Taylor Phinney, who's competing in his third Olympics.

Meet eight Colorado-born Olympians below, featuring photos and text from TeamUSA.org.

Mara Abbott.
Mara Abbott.

Name: Mara Abbott
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Road Cycling
Event(s): Road Race
Height: 5-4
Weight: 115
DOB: 11/14/1985
Birthplace: Boulder, Colo.
Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
High School: Fairview High School (Boulder, Colo.) ‘04
College: Whitman College ‘08, Economics

Olympic Experience
• Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified

World Championship Experience
• Most recent: 2014 – DNF (road race)
• Years of participation: 2007, 2009, 2013-14
• Top finish: 2009 – 18th (road race)

Personal: Daughter of David and Elizabeth Abbott ...Has one brother, Nate...Previously competed in swimming at Whitman College...Took up cycling as a means of cross training for swimming...Practices and teaches yoga in Boulder, Colorado...Writes for the Boulder Daily Camera and sits on the City of Boulder’s environmental board.

Boris Berian.
Boris Berian.

Name: Boris Berian
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 800-meter
Height: 6-0
Weight: 153
DOB: 12/19/1992
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
High School: Widefield High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ‘11
College: Adams State University ‘15, Education and Coaching
Team/Club: Big Bear Track Club

Olympic Experience
• Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified

World Championship Experience
• Most recent: 2016 – gold
• Years of participation: Indoor – 2016
• Medals: 1 (gold)
• Gold – 2016

Personal: Son of Larry and Silvia Berian...Has one brother, Curtis, and one sister, Leslie...Favorite food is bacon.

Emma Coburn.
Emma Coburn.

Name: Emma Coburn
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 3,000-meter Steeplechase
Height: 5-8
Weight: 120
DOB: 10/19/1990
Birthplace: Boulder, Colo.
Hometown: Crested Butte, Colo.
High School: Crested Butte High School (Crested Butte, Colo.) '08
College: University of Colorado, '13, Marketing
Coach(es): Mark Wetmore

Olympic Experience
• Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified
• London 2012 Olympic Games, 9th

World Championship Experience
• Most recent: 2015 – 5th
• Years of participation: Outdoor – 2011, 2015
• Top finish: 5th – 2015

Personal: Daughter of Bill and Annie Coburn...Has two brothers, Joe and Willy, and one sister, Gracie...Married to Joe Bosshard...2011 NCAA outdoor champion...At age 21, was the youngest U.S. runner to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games...Volunteered with Living Journeys Cancer Foundation and the Mountain Adventure Kid’s Camp.

Howard Grotts.
Howard Grotts.

Name: Howard Grotts
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Mountain Bike
Height: 5-7
Weight: 130
DOB: 1/12/1993
Birthplace: Durango, Colo.
Hometown: Durango, Colo.

Olympic Experience
• Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified

Other Career Highlights
• 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships U23, bronze
• 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships U23, 12th
• 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships U23, 16th

Personal: Son of Don Grotts and Deborah Williams...Has one sibling, Donnie (deceased)...Brother, Donnie, who passed away in 2016, influenced him to begin mountain biking...Graduated summa cum laude from Fort Lewis College.

Continue to meet four more Colorado natives taking part in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

 

Lindsey Horan.
Lindsey Horan.

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Name: Lindsey Horan
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
DOB: 5/26/1994
Birthplace: Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Hometown: Golden, Colo.
High School: Golden High School (Golden, Colo.) ’12
Team/Club: Portland Thorns FC

Olympic Experience
• Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified

Other Career Highlights
• 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, 1st
• 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, quarterfinals
• 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, 1st
• 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship, 1st

Personal: Daughter of Mark and Linda Horan...Has one brother, Michael...Committed to play for the University of North Carolina in fall of 2012, but opted to bypass college and signed professionally for Paris Saint Germain in France, becoming the first American female to sign a professional contract straight out of high school...Opted not to play high school soccer in order to train with the U-15/16 Colorado Rush Development Academy and U-17 Nike Boys teams.

Taylor Phinney.
Taylor Phinney.

Name: Taylor Phinney
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Road Cycling
Event(s): Road Race, Team Trial
Height: 6-5
Weight: 180
DOB: 6/27/1990
Birthplace: Boulder, Colo.
Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
High School: Boulder High School (Boulder, Colo.) ‘07

Olympic Experience
• Two-time Olympian (2008, 2012)
• Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified
• London 2012 Olympic Games, 4th (road race, time trial)
• Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 7th (individual pursuit)

World Championship Experience
• Most recent: 2015 – 85th (road race), 12th (time trial)
• Years of participation: 2009-13, 2015
• Medals: 5 (2 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)
• Gold – 2009 (individual pursuit); 2010 (individual pursuit)
• Silver – 2009 (time trial); 2012 (time trial)
• Bronze – 2010 (Omnium)

Personal: Son of Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney...Has a younger sister, Kelsey...Lived in Italy for three years as a teenager while his parents ran a European bike touring company...Speaks Italian...Mother, Connie, was the first women’s cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal, winning the first Olympic cycling event for women in the 1984 road race...Previously, his mother also represented Team USA at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in speedskating...Father, Davis, won a bronze medal in the team time trial at the 1984 Olympic Games and was also a Tour de France stage winner...Interests include dancing, eating, playing video games and doing flips on the trampoline.

Mallory Pugh.
Mallory Pugh.

Name: Mallory Pugh
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward
Height: 5-4
Weight: 120
DOB: 4/29/1998
Birthplace: Littleton, Colo.
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.
High School: Mountain Vista High School (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ’16
College: University of California, Los Angeles
Team/Club: Real Colorado

Olympic Experience
• Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified

Other Career Highlights
• 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, 1st
• 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship, 1st – Golden Ball and Golden Boot award recipient
• 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, quarterfinals
• 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, 3rd

Personal: Daughter of Karen Pugh...Has one sister, Bri...Enters the 2016 Olympic Games as the youngest player in the U.S. Women’s National Team pool...Named the 2015 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year...Named captain of the U.S. team that will compete at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in November 2016...The consensus top recruit in the nation for her class, will attend the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall of 2016...Named the 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Chloe Woodruff.
Chloe Woodruff.

Name: Chloe Woodruff
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Mountain Bike
Height: 5-2
Weight: 113
DOB: 7/21/1987
Birthplace: Denver, Colo.
Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
High School: New Vista High School (Boulder, Colo.) ’05
College: College: University of Arizona ’10, Community Health Education

Olympic Experience
• Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified

World Championship Experience
• Most recent: 2015 – 48th
• Years of participation: 2014-15
• Top finish: 31st – 2014

Personal: Daughter of Charles Forsman and Kristin Lewis...Has one twin sister, Shannon...Married to Travis Woodruff...Raced the day after their wedding, with her wedding veil attached to her helmet, and finished ninth at the U.S. grand prix in Fort Collins, Colorado.



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