(CBS4) – Colorado’s mountains draw people from near and far. Some residents have spent much of their lives here, while others have only been here a short while. There are many, many athletes who have chosen to live here, in part due to Colorado’s great athletic facilities such as the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs.
Here are a few, though, that you might not know either live here or have spent significant time here.
5. LenDale White
Running back LenDale White was a star at Chatfield High School in Jefferson County before playing at the University of Southern California. In the pros he first played for the Tennessee Titans before being traded in 2010 and wound up in 2010 on the Denver Broncos before being placed on IR. He scored 15 touchdowns in the Titans’ 2008 season.
4. Tyler Hamilton
Retired cyclist Tyler Hamilton dropped a bomb on the cycling world in 2011, going on 60 Minutes and telling CBS News’s Scott Pelley that he and U.S. Postal Service teammate Lance Armstrong regularly used banned substances while Armstrong was winning his multiple Tour de France races. (This was two years before Armstrong admitted to doping.) Hamilton had much success as a professional cyclist but retired from the sport after testing positive for banned substances. Hamilton calls Boulder home and in 2009 worked with physician Paul Berger on depression issues he says he struggles with.
3. Hale Irwin
Golfing legend Hale Irwin attended the University of Colorado and graduated in 1967. While he was at CU he played football as well as golf. Irwin was a two time All-Big Eight defensive back as well as an academic All-American in football. Irwin gave the commencement speech at CU in May 2007. He has designed several courses in Colorado, including the Indian Peaks course in Lafayette, the Mountain Course at Cordillera and Highlands Ranch Golf Course.
2. Goose Gossage
Hall of Fame pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage grew up in Colorado Springs and attended Wasson High School. He has a home in Colorado Springs. He was part of the unsuccessful lobbying effort to keep Wasson open in 2013.
1. Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan got her college diploma from the University of Denver in 2009. Kwan received a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in political science. Kwan came to Denver in 2006 with a year’s worth of credits from UCLA. She is a nine-time U.S. champion, two-time Olympic medal-winning and five-time world champion skater.