Friday, December 30, 2011

Express Athletes of the Year

This is the 35th time the Express has named an Athlete of the Year. Selected have been 17 women and 19 men.

2011—Richard Feldman, world champion cyclist

2010—Morgan Arritola, U.S. Olympic Nordic skier and Baldy Hill Climb women's champion

2009—Ryne Reynoso, WRHS All-State ballplayer and professional baseball pitcher

2008—Brad Mitchell, ultra marathon runner

2007—Mike Sinnott, cross-country ski captain of Dartmouth's NCAA championship ski team

2006—Rebecca Rusch, adventure athlete, endurance mountain biker

2005—Jeff Bolton, WRHS grad and All-America football player at Montana State Univ.

2004—Vilnis Nikolaisons, Sun Valley Suns hockey star from Latvia

2003—Kitty Marcroft, ultra marathon runner

2002—Adrienne Leugers, nine-time Baldy Hill Climb women's winner

2001—Kelly Wardell, the world's best bareback bronc rider

2000—Sondra Van Ert, 10-time national snowboard champion and 2000 Grand Prix alpine winner

1999—Steve Born, RAAM cross-country bicycle racer

1998—Muffy Davis, slalom bronze medalist at the 1998 Paralympics

1997—Bob Sarchett, masters alpine skier and softball player

1996—Greg Taylor, seven-time Ironman Triathlon finisher

1995—Aleene Gibson, cross-country bicyclist

1994—Picabo Street, 1994 Olympic women's downhill silver medalist

1993—Muffy Ritz, RAAM cross-country bicycle racer

1992—Gabriele Andersen, world-class runner and cross-country skier

1991—Dave Fauth, baseball and softball player

1990—Ruthie Matthes, world-class bicycle racer

1989—Charley French, masters' champion triathlete

1988—E.J. Holcomb, Great American Ski Chase queen

1987—Katrin Tobin, world-class bicycle racer, and brother Michael Tobin, Pike's Peak climber

1986—Jerry Engelbert, world champion powerlifter

1985—Jane (Magoo) McGloin, Ketchum's sunny sports enthusiast

1984—Loren Adkins, nationally ranked bicyclist, skier and hill climber in the 75-79 age class

1983—Monte Brothwell, Idaho's top marathon runner

1982—Lisa Bernhagen, state champion prep track and field performer

1981—Tom Schnebeck, Bald Mountain Rugby Football Club player

1980—Carol Levine, alpine ski racer and softball player

1979—Phil Hoene, Sun Valley Suns hockey centerman

1978—Dr. Lynn "Buck" Levy, pacesetting marathon runner

1977—Christin Cooper, promising U.S. Ski Team alpine racer

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