April Heinrichs 2005

Her fame in soccer circles is worldwide and her competitive spirit is legendary, which explains why this Littleton-reared kicker is the first female athlete to be featured on a trading card. Few women have had a greater opportunity to make an impact on their sport than April, who in November 1991, in China, led the […]

Katelyn Kaltenbach 2004

Smoky Hill junior Katelyn Kaltenbach had a 2003 season that was breathtaking. Competition after competition, win after win, she staked her claim as the very best in her sport, not only in Colorado but also in the entire country. A great deal was expected of her and she managed to deliver even more. Katelyn went […]

Ellen Miller 2003

Ellen Miller is in some ways a typical athlete, always wanting to do more, to see if she can accomplish the next challenge she takes on. She sets records all over the place; she competes in everything from running and mountain biking to snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. She travels around the world, vying for championship […]

Alison Dunlap 2002

Five days after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Sportswomen of Colorado’s 2002 Sportswoman of the Year showed that there are still good things in this world with a gritty, come from behind performance in the World Mountain Bike Championships at Vail. In fifth place entering the final lap of the women’s elite, 20 plus-mile cross-country […]

Kara Grgas-Wheeler 2001

University of Colorado distance runner Kara Grgas-Wheeler accomplished in the year 2000 what no other CU harrier had done before. She altered the Buffs’ national record books four times with three individual titles and a team championship in a span of five months over two different seasons. After siting out the NCAA-Division I Indoor season […]

Ann Battelle 2000

To say that her 1998 ski season was downright disastrous is understating Ann’s face-to-face confrontation with gut wrenching reality. Seemingly on course for a medal in Nagano, the 30-year-old freestyle skier from Steamboat Springs was leading going into the final pre-Olympic moguls race at Breckenridge. Instead of heading for Japan on the highest possible note […]

Becky Hammon 1999

Labeled “an amazing player,” the “franchise” at Fort Collins and “everybody’s All-American,” the most decorated basketball star in Colorado State University history was not only a major spectator draw but also a primary reason for the Rams’ rise to the 1999 NCAA Sweet 16. Average attendance at CSU home games was 751 when Becky arrived […]

Libbie Hickman 1998

If 1996 was something of a heartbreaker for Libbie—she finished in a non-qualifying fourth place at the Olympic Trials—then the year 1997 definitely was not a disappointment, in fact, heart booster describes it best! The Fort Collins runner got off to a fast start, winning the four-mile Kansas City Trolley Run with a time eclipsing […]

Amy Van Dyken 1997

The fastest female swimmer in the history of the United States first gained recognition at Cherry Creek H.S. as a six-time All-America, Athlete of the Year and winner of State, Junior National and Olympic Festival championships. Unbelievably, she couldn’t even swim across the pool until she was 12. Next to her constant battles with asthma […]

Amy Van Dyken 1996

The fastest female swimmer in the history of the United States first gained recognition at Cherry Creek H.S. as a six-time All-America, Athlete of the Year and winner of State, Junior National and Olympic Festival championships. Unbelievably, she couldn’t even swim across the pool until she was 12. Next to her constant battles with asthma […]