Johnny Spillane - Athlete - 2014

Spillane is a four-time Olympian from Steamboat Springs who competed in the traditionally Scandinavian-dominated sport of Nordic combined. After becoming a successful junior cross-country ski racer and ski jumper, Spillane made his first U.S. Olympic Team at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic, and although he didn’t medal at successive Winter Games in 1998, 2002 or 2006, Spillane gained invaluable experience that ultimately paid off in a big way. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Spillane competed in three events and won three silver medals, including the first ever American medal in the sport of Nordic combined and only the third American medal ever earned in any Nordic sport. Spillane announced his retirement on April 18, 2013.“What I'll take away from this career is that I was a part of something special. We committed as a group to becoming the best and doing everything we could to achieve that. I'm really proud of what our team has accomplished while I've been a part of it -- whether it was a teammate or myself,” Spillane said when he retired. “To younger athletes, I want to say anything is possible as long as you're willing to do the work and give yourself every opportunity to succeed by training hard and solely committing to what you're doing.”