Resident on ABC hit show

Steamboat man one of 25 men vying for 'The Bachelorette'

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Andy LeRoy's first trip to New York City was for sightseeing. His second trip was to meet his wife -- possibly.

LeRoy, a 29-year-old Steamboat Springs native, was one of 25 bachelors selected to appear in the third season of ABC's hit reality show, "The Bachelorette." Filming of the show has concluded, and LeRoy is back to ski coaching in Steamboat, but the bachelor is not allowed to say whether he received the final rose.

In a town as small as Steamboat, word traveled quickly when LeRoy appeared briefly in a promotion for "The Bachelorette" that aired in the fall during the final episode of "The Bachelor."

"My cover was blown if anybody was watching that," he said.

LeRoy's cover was blown further when he appeared in a photo spread in the Jan. 3 edition of US Weekly, on newsstands now. Although contractual obligations to ABC prevent LeRoy from talking about show specifics, he can talk about meeting bachelorette Jennifer Schefft -- "She's gorgeous" -- the other 24 bachelors -- "I think every man was sincere about being on this show" -- and how he, a Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach from a tiny mountain town, ended up on a reality TV show: "I stood up at the beautiful golf course I work at and said, 'I'm Andy. Pick me.'"

Actually, his mother, Barbara LeRoy, deserves most of the credit for her son being on "The Bachelorette."

When applications were being taken for men interested in being "The Bachelor" for the fall 2004 series, Barbara LeRoy submitted one on behalf of her son. When he wasn't picked, neither thought anymore about it. But while LeRoy was at a wedding in California earlier this year, he received a call from ABC asking whether he was interested in appearing on "The Bachelorette."

"They didn't ask for anything specific," LeRoy said. "They wanted a two- or three-minute video and to include some things like prior dating history, why I would want to be on the show and why they would want me to be on the show. The catchphrase they said is, 'You have 30 seconds to impress.' It seemed like a no-brainer to try out for this."

A lot of that had to do with Schefft. LeRoy admitted he only has seen a few previous episodes of "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette," though he plans to watch this season's episodes. Still, he was impressed by ABC's selection for this season.

"I definitely did not know Jen," he said. "I hadn't seen or heard of her. Knowing all the things I had to go through to be on the show, and the fact that she had gone through all of this and was picked as the final girl before and came back for the show I was on, showed me she must have impressed someone along the line for someone to keep picking her."

Schefft became famous when Andrew Firestone proposed to her in the finale of the third installment of "The Bachelor" in 2003. She accepted his proposal, but their relationship ultimately ended, and Schefft found her way back to the show to try again.

Originally from Mentor, Ohio, Schefft has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio University.

LeRoy was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1993 to 1999. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in business administration and finance and returned to Steamboat to become a coach.

He coaches the Alpine ability level skiers (ages 15 to 21) with the Winter Sports Club and said he "had a lot of fun" on the show.

The two-hour special premiere airs at 8 p.m. Jan. 10. This season's installment of "The Bachelorette" was filmed in New York City.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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