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Posted on: April 16, 2008 1:53 pm
 

Amy Van Dyken elected to Olympic HOF

 AMY VAN DYKEN

OLYMPIC LEGEND SIX TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST

CLASS OF 2007 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME

BIRTHDATE: Feb. 15 EYES: blue/green

RESIDENCE: Scottsdale, AZ/ Keystone, CO

EVENTS: Swimming (retired): - 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 400m Freestyle Relay, 400m Medley Relay Triathlons: Sprint and Ironman Competitions

OTHER CAREER INTERESTS: Radio work

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Gold Medallist, Olympic Games, 4x 100m Freestyle Relay, Sydney, 2000

Gold Medallist, Olympic Games, 4x 100m Medley Relay, Sydney, 2000

Gold Medallist, Olympic Games, 50m Freestyle, Atlanta, 1996

Gold Medallist, Olympic Games, 100m Butterfly, Atlanta, 1996

Gold Medallist, OlympiC Games, 400m Freestyle Relay, Atlanta, 1996

Gold Medallist, Olympic Games, 400m Medley Relay, Atlanta, 1996

Gold Medallist, National Championships, 50m Freestyle, Minneapolis, 1999

Gold Medallist, World Championships, 50m Freestyle, Perth, 1998

Gold Medallist, World Championships, 100m Freestyle, Perth, 1998

Gold Medallist, World Championships, 400m Freestyle Relay, Perth, 1998

Gold Medallist, Pan Pacific Games, 50m Freestyle, 1995

Gold Medallist, Pan American Games, 100m Butterfly, 1995

Gold Medallist, Pan Pacific Games, 400m Freestyle Relay, 1995

Silver Medallist, Pan Pacific Games, 400m Medley Relay, 1995

Silver Medallist, Pan American Games, 100m Freestyle, 1995

Gold Medallist, World Trials, 50m Freestyle, 1994

Silver Medallist, Pan American Games, 100m Freestyle, 1995

Gold Medallist, Pan American Games, 100m Freestyle, 1995

Gold Medallist, World Trials, 50m Freestyle, 1994

Silver Medallist, World Championships, 400m Freestyle Relay, 1994

Silver Medallist, World Championships, 400m Medley Relay, 1994

Bronze Medallist, World Championships, 50m Freestyle, 1994

First American Woman to earn four Gold Medals in one Olympic Games, 1996

On the Coveted 'Wheatie's" box

Took part in the 'Got Milk' ad. Is the only person to have the milk mustache under water

Inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, 2001

Unites States Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year, 1996

Associated Press Worldwide Female Athlete ofthe Year, 1996

U.S. Swimming Athlete of the Year, 1996

Colorado Athlete of the Year, 1996

Inducted into Colorado State University Hall of Fame, 1996

Phillips 66 Performance ofthe Year 1996 (50m Freestyle at the Olympics)

Women's Sports Foundation Individual Athlete of the Year, 1996

National Athletic Awards Female Athlete of the Year, 1996

ARETE Performance of the Year Award, 1996

Glamour Women of the Year Award, 1996

At the age of six, when the doctor suggested she take up swimming to help relieve her asthma, the thought of becoming an Olympic champion was far from Amy Van Dyken's mind. In fact, she could not even swim the length of the pool until the age of twelve. However, at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Van Dyken won two individual medals and two team medals to become the first American woman ever to win four gold medals in a single Olympics. This feat made her the most decorated athlete male or female, of the 1996 Games.

As 1994's NCAA Swimmer of the Year, Amy was coming on strong toward her first-ever Olympics and she secured her position as one of the sport's best in 1995 with record-setting performances. She twice broke her own 50-meter freestyle American record within eight days at the Pasadena Summer Nationals and the Pan Pacific Games in Atlanta, finishing as the world's best in the event for the second consecutive year. She set the short course world record in the 50-meter butterfly in Finland and she also took a first place finish against the worlds best in the I OO-meter butterfly at the Pan Am Games in Argentina. Van Dyken swam on the record setting U.S Teams that won both the 400-meter freestyle and the medley relay crowns at the 1995 Pan American Games.

As a member of the U.S. Swimming Resident Team, Van Dyken qualified for the 1996 Olympic Team in five events: the 50m freestyle, the 100m freestyle, the 100m butterfly, the 400m freestyle and medley relays. She left the Olympic Games with five career best times, four gold medals and three American Records. Her gold medal finish in the 50m freestyle set a new Olympic record with a time of 24.87. In a triumphant finish, she also captured Gold in the 100m butterfly with a best race time of 59.13. Her 100 freestyle split in the 400m freestyle relay (53.13) was the second-fastest split in women's swimming history and the fastest split by a non Chinese female swimmer. Her extraordinary performances in the 400m medley and freestyle relays, helped Team USA bring home the gold and set two American Records. With all of her accomplishments, Van Dyken has become the third-fastest non-Chinese woman in the history of the 50m freestyle (25.03) and the fifth-fastest American woman ever in the 100m freestyle (55.27) She was named by Swimming World Magazine as the 1995 American Female Swimmer of the Year and as the 1996 Athlete of the Year by United States Swimming. She has also been awarded the title of the Individual Athlete of the Year from the Women's Sports Foundation and has been nominated for the prestigious Sullivan Award for the nation's best athlete.

Amy enhanced her distinguished repertoire of Olympic achievements by adding three Gold Medals from the 1998 World Championships in Perth, Australia. Amy took first in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, and the 400m Freestyle Relay. In August of 1999, only five months after months after undergoing her second shoulder surgery, Amy defied all odds by returning to completion and winning the 50m freestyle at the National Championships. Leading up to the 2000 Olympics Games, Amy secured a second place finish in the 50m Freestyle with a season best 24.99. Overcoming two shoulder surgeries and the toughest two years of her career, Amy extraordinary seized two more Gold Medals in the 4x 100m Freestyle Relay and the 4x 100m Medley Relay at the Games in Sydney, bringing her Olympic Gold Medal total to six.

With two historical Olympic Games and the unprecedented Six Gold Medals under her belt, Amy is now retired from the sport of swimming. She was redirected her competitive energy to the sport of the triathlon with the revered Ironman as her ultimate goal. In February 200 I, Amy competed in her first competition in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she finished a respectable sixth.

Outside of the athletic arena, Amy is working in broadcasting and she is excited about having more time to commit to her favorite charities and non-profit events. Most recently, Amy and her husband have put their names on an event to benefit Colorado Youth Outdoors. A charity that gets parents and kids together in the great outdoors of Colorado. Tom Rouen and Amy Van Dyken Celebrity Shoot Out is now in it's 5th year, and is attended by many celebrities. Amy and her Dog, Georgia are the National spokes girls for Paws With a Cause (PAWS), a Grand Rapids, Michigan based non-profit organization that trains and places assistance, hearing and seizure dogs. Amy looks forward to continuing her role as the National Spokesperson for PAWS.

Amy is married to NFL punter, Tom Rouen and the couple currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and Keystone, Colorado

Posted on: April 16, 2008 12:58 pm
 

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival

In a few weeks Fruita, Colorado will be host to another bizarre festival. True story about a chicken that lived 18 months after his head was cut off.

Check it out!!

http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.o
rg/festival.asp

Mike the Headless Chicken (April 1945 March 1947) was a Wyandotte rooster (cockerel) that lived for 18 months after its head had been cut off. Thought by many to be a hoax, the bird was taken by its owner to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to establish its authenticity.[1][2]

[edit]The beheading

On Monday, September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado, had his mother-in-law around for supper and was sent out to the yard by his wife to bring back a chicken. Olsen failed to completely decapitate the five-and-a-half month old bird named Mike. The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact.[3]

On the first night after the decapitation Mike slept with it under his wing;.[4]

Despite Olsen's botched handiwork, Mike was still able to balance on a perch and walk clumsily; he even attempted to preen and crow,although he could do neither. After the bird did not die, a surprised Mr. Olsen decided to continue to care permanently for Mike, feeding him a mixture of milk and water via an eyedropper; he was also fed small grains of corn. Mike occasionally choked on his own mucus, which the Olsen family would clear using a syringe.

When used to his new and unusual center of mass Mike could easily get himself to the highest perches without falling. His crowing, though, was less impressive and consisted of a gurgling sound made in his throat, leaving him unable to crow at dawn. Mike also spent his time preening and attempting to peck for food with his neck.[3]

Being headless did not keep Mike from putting on weight; at the time of his beheading he weighed two and a half pounds, but at the time of his death this had increased to nearly eight pounds.

[edit]Fame

Once his fame had been established, Mike began a career of touring sideshows in the company of such other creatures as a two-headed calf. He was also photographed for dozens of magazines and papers, featuring in Time and Life magazines.[3] Olsen drew criticism from some for keeping the headless chicken alive.

Mike was on display to the public for an admission cost of 25 cents. At the height of his popularity the chicken earned a princely US$4,500 per month (US$50,000 in 2005 dollars) and was valued at US$10,000.[3] Olsen's success resulted in a wave of copycat chicken beheadings, but no other chicken lived for more than a day or two. A pickled chicken head was also on display with Mike, but this was not Mike's original head, as a cat had already eaten it. Mike was later examined by the officers of several humane societies and was declared to have been free from any suffering.

A children's playground chant soon emerged:-

Mike, Mike, where's your head? Even without it, you're not dead!

[edit]Death

In March 1947, at a motel in Phoenix on a stopover while traveling back home from tour, Mike started choking in the middle of the night. As the Olsens had inadvertently left their feeding and cleaning syringes at the sideshow the day before, they were unable to save Mike. Lloyd Olsen claimed that he had sold the bird off, resulting in stories of Mike still touring the country as late as 1949.

Post mortem, it was determined that the axe blade had missed the carotid artery and a clot had prevented Mike from bleeding to death. Although most of his head was severed, most of his brain stem and one ear was left on his body. Since basic functions (breathing, heart-rate, etc) as well as most of a chicken's reflex actions are controlled by the brain stem, Mike was able to remain quite healthy. Other sources, including the Guinness Book of World Records, say that the chicken's severed esophagus passage could not take in enough air properly to be able to breathe; and therefore choked to death in the motel. However, breathing occurs through the trachea, not the esophagus.

[edit]Mike's legacy in Fruita

Mike the Headless Chicken is now an institution in Fruita, Colorado, with an annual "Mike the Headless Chicken Day", the third weekend of May, starting in 1999.

Events held include the "5K Run Like a Headless Chicken Race", egg toss, "Pin the Head on the Chicken", the "Chicken Cluck-Off", and "Chicken Bingo", in which chicken droppings on a numbered grid choose the numbers.[citation needed]

Category: General
Posted on: March 8, 2008 1:48 pm
 

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Stayin' cool with Frozen Dead Guy

NEDERLAND Frozen Dead Guy Days was heating up in Nederland today, even as the temperature was a brittle 31 degrees, according to the sign outside the bank in this town of 1,500 living.

At noon, the first hearty souls let out a whoop in the Two Below Tent in the center of town for a three-day celebration of "Grandpa" Bredo Morstol, the resident who is not quite here but not quite gone. The frozen dead man stays in a crate of dry ice just outside town until science figures out how to wake him up.

Each year, more than 50,000 of the most irreverent people show up in Nederland to be cool with Grandpa.

"It's the most unique festival you'll ever go to," said Julie Ward of Orlando, Fla., the daughter of town administrator Jim Stevens. "Where else can you possibility go where they have anything like this?"

Frozen Dead Guy Days coordinator Teresa Warner said the festival appeals to the oddball in all of us celebrating the afterlife of a guy on ice, with events such as coffin races, a masquerade ball for 400 and even a look-a-like contest for the festival's namesake.

She was especially proud today of the new Sustainability Tent, with booths and presenters who promote living with zero waste.

"If Grandpa can sustain, so can we and life extension really is sustaining," Warner said.

Figuratively, Grandpa comes to life again as Nederland's residents and visitors put their cares on ice for three days each March, during the cold, wet, windy days of late winter.

Born in Norway in 1900, Grandpa drew his last breath when the first President Bush was in the White House and Billy Ray Cyrus had a mullet.

Since then, Grandpa Bredo has remained in an aluminum box inside a Styrofoam-and-plywood freezer covered in dry ice so that he stays a toasty 60 degrees below zero in a Tuff Shed outside of town.

The backstory of how Nederland landed a frozen dead guy is cool too. A Norwegian, Trygve Bauge, brought his dearly departed grandfather to Nederland via Norway in 1993 with a dream of building a cryonics lab in the mountains. The Life Extension Institute never materialized, and Bauge was deported for overstaying his visa.

He pays a local to keep pouring ice on Grandpa.

With media attention far and wide for this little mountain hamlet, the Chamber of Commerce chose to cash in by launching Frozen Dead Guy Days in 2002 with a Mardi Gras for the old guy on ice who has become the town's favorite son and biggest winter tourist attraction.

The official kickoff is tonight in the town square well, the roundabout at the intersection of Colorado 119 and 72 at 7 p.m.

Other big highlights today include the Frozen to the Bonz contest at 8 p.m. at the Pioneer Inn, where men and women compete for the most frozen-looking legs in hopes of winning a nice pair of running shoes.

The Blues Masquerade Ball affectionately called "The Blue Ball" also is at 8 p.m., at The Ned Community Center. The costume gala includes the music of Ukelelei Loke and the Gadabout Dead Guy Orchestra, with burlesque dance and sideshows. Tickets are $25.

No one should sleep like the dead on Saturday, with the modestly monikered "Best-Ever Pancake Breakfast," served up by local elders at the First Street Pub and Grill from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for kids younger than 12.

Registration for the official audience-participation events is from 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Nederland Teen Center at Barker Reservoir. Signups include the famously irreverent Cryonics Parade (noon), Charity Polar Plunge (1 p.m.) and Tuff Shed Coffin Races (2 p.m.).

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.nederlandchamber.org/FrozenDead
GuyDays/2008.schedule.pdf/.

Category: General
Posted on: February 22, 2008 7:05 pm
 

You go girl!!! US woman wins World Cup

Today, Lindsey Vonn (local resident here in Vail) won the overall FIS World Cup Downhill Title. This is only the second time a US woman has won, the other being Picabo Street in 1996.

Some may remember her in the last Olympics when she seemed airborne for more than 100 years ending in a horrific crash. Most thought she may never ski again, only to be back on the slopes a few days later, not to compete but just to participate.

Congrats to her and the US Womem's ski team.

This is a very big deal here and for all US Skiing.

My 2

Posted on: February 15, 2008 1:18 pm
 

Ski reports

On a regular basis I get asked how the skiing is in Colorado. On occasion I will post the snow reports for the major ski areas near me.

 Snow Report is brought to you by Colorado Mountain College, go to school where you can ski.

THE SOUTHWEST IS GETTING POUNDED!

Friday report:

Arapahoe Basin

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 1.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 1.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 57.0''

6 of 6 total lifts open.

Aspen Highlands

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 5.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 8.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 83.0''

5 of 5 total lifts open.

Aspen Mountain

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 4.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 6.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 68.0''

6 of 8 total lifts open.

Beaver Creek

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 5.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 6.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 68.0''

17 of 17 total lifts open.

Breckenridge

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 2.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 2.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 68.0''

30 of 30 total lifts open.

Buttermilk

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 4.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 6.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 56.0''

5 of 6 total lifts open.

Copper Mountain

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 4.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 4.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 63.0''

21 of 22 total lifts open.

Crested Butte

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 7.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 12.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 89.0''

16 of 16 total lifts open.

Eldora

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 0.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 10.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 32.0''

12 of 12 total lifts open.

Howelsen

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 0.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 0.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 53.0''

3 of 3 total lifts open.

Keystone

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 2.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 2.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 54.0''

19 of 20 total lifts open.

Loveland

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 0.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 0.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 70.0''

8 of 9 total lifts open.

Monarch Mountain

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 1.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 1.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 93.0''

4 of 5 total lifts open.

Powderhorn

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 4.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 4.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 62.0''

3 of 3 total lifts open.

Purgatory (Durango)

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 17.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 27.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 85.0''

9 of 10 total lifts open.

Silverton Mountain

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 24.0'

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 24.0'

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 140.0'

1 of 1 total lifts open

Ski Cooper

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 8.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 9.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 72.0''

4 of 5 total lifts open.

Snowmass

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 9.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 15.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 70.0''

21 of 22 total lifts open.

Sol Vista Basin

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 0.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 0.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 42.0''

5 of 5 total lifts open.

Steamboat

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 1.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 2.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 70.0''

16 of 20 total lifts open.

Sunlight

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 3.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 5.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 50.0''

3 of 3 total lifts open.

Telluride

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 5.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 11.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 81.0''

16 of 17 total lifts open.

Vail

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 8.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 9.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 62.0''

32 of 32 total lifts open.

Winter Park

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 1.5''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 1.5''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 73.0''

20 of 25 total lifts open.

Wolf Creek Ski Area

New Snow, past 24 Hours: 11.0''

New Snow, past 48 Hours: 19.0''

Mid-Mountain Snow Depth: 145.0''

6 of 7 total lifts open.

Category: General
Posted on: February 12, 2008 4:49 pm
 

My 2

I always enjoy receiving my copy of the SI Swimsuit edition. Can spring be far away?

Each year gets better and better.

Marisa Miller is awesome!! As are the other models.

Oh yeah, I just get it for the articles.

My 2

Category: General
 
 
 
 
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