Amy Van Dyken 1995

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 […]

Jill McGill 1994

Jill McGill may be the only Colorado golfer to hold the title of “unofficial” state high school champion one year and the very next year be declared the “official” state high school champion. Although she played for Cherry Creek’s team in her junior year, golf was not a sanctioned sport for girls until her senior […]

Gigi Fernandez 1993

Draped in a U.S. flag at her post victory press conference in Barcelona, Aspen’s newest Olympic heroine savored her “greatest thrill to date.” As a junior tennis player in Puerto Rico, Gigi said, she never thought she’d be playing for any American team, “so it was an awesome honor to do so.” The four-year Western […]

April Heinrichs 1992

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 […]

Jill Trenary 1991

Figure skating has been described as a “cold and lonely sport” but for the defending U.S. National Ladies Singles champion, 1990 was a warm and friendly year. In the best free skating performance of her illustrious career, Jill sealed a second straight U.S. title, capturing top honors for the third time in four years. Dazzled […]

CU Basketball Team 1990

Nobody can pinpoint an exact date, but by mid-1989, everybody knew the transformation was complete. The University of Colorado Women’s Basketball Team had catapulted from the bottom to the top and no longer was the opening act for the CU Men’s Basketball Team. The upgrade formula was known too—three 20-win seasons, a Big Eight championship, […]

Kirsten Hanssen 1989

When the 1988 triathlon season began there was no doubt about Kirsten’s affinity for the winner’s circle. The 5-foot-3 “Wonder Woman” owned an incredible 16 titles, including the World Championship, and dominated all distances: international, long and sprint. She was the first woman ever to win back-to-back U.S. National titles, the first to win two […]

Priscilla Welch 1988

What does an unemployed and bored ex-petty officer do after retiring from the British Royal Navy at age 36? She takes up marathon running of course. Priscilla was a one-kilometer neophyte when she made that 1980 decision. Less than three years later she won her first marathon title in Holland. By 1984 she was on […]

Yolanda Johnson 1987

In a panorama of exciting 1986 achievement, “Yo-Yo” wrote a storybook finish to her prep career, dominating her field of competition with every honor possible. Graduating “prep-perfect” from George Washington High School, she never lost a race in her entire prep career. She was the fastest prep hurdler in the nation in 1985 with an […]

Rhonda Blanford 1986

She missed the 100-meter hurdles finals by 1/100th of a second at the 1984 Olympic Trials. Disappointing? Yes. Discouraging? No, at least not for this University of Nebraska standard-bearer, who raced on to glory in 1985. Serving notice she was still in the chase for Seoul in 1988, the former Aurora Central standout captured her […]