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Olympians to recount past games in Steamboat

Athletes will answer questions at event

If you go

What: “The Olympic Experience,”

a discussion with former Steamboat Springs Olympians

When: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center.

More: The athletes scheduled to participate are Jim “Moose” Barrows, 1968, Alpine (Grenoble); Bobby Aldighieri, 1992, freestyle moguls (Albertville); Brendan Doran, 1998, 2002, ski jumping (Nagano, Salt Lake City); Nelson Carmichael, 1988, 1992, freestyle (Calgary, Albertville); Chris McNeil, 1976, 1980, ski jumping (Innsbruck, Lake Placid); Linas Vaitkus, 1998, Alpine (Nagano); Deb Armstrong, 1984, 1988, Alpine (Sarajevo, Calgary); and Caroline Lalive, 1998, 2002, Alpine (Nagano, Salt Lake City).

The Olympians will answer questions and participate in a discussion about their memories and experiences from the Olympics and other competitions.

Fond memories

Gary Crawford, a Nordic combined athlete at the 1980 and 1988 Winter Olympic Games, said one of his favorite memories came during the opening ceremonies at Lake Placid in 1980. Crawford’s family had a special “family whistle” they would use in Steamboat to let the kids know when to come home for dinner. As he entered the opening ceremonies, Crawford saw that all the faces in the crowd looked the same. But as he made the third turn before walking to the stage, he heard the family whistle ring out, and he looked up into the stands to see his parents, about 30 rows back.

“I was able to look up and pick my parents out of the crowd immediately,” he said. “That was a pretty special moment to be able to look up in a crowd of 40,000 people and be able to pick my parents out.”