Renewed royalty

Winter Carnival queen named princess at age 3

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Footage from the 2008 Winter Carnival, which took place Feb. 6-10

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Winter Carnival Queen Melissa Krause

— Missy Krause made her first appearance on the Winter Carnival court when she was 3 years old, as a little princess.

This year, she's been named Winter Carnival queen, an honor that comes from a lifetime of skiing and competing. In 2007, she was one of two Winter Carnival attendants.

"I'm really excited; I had a lot of fun last year doing it," Krause said. "I really like the kids I ski with and my coaches, and I just like the competition."

Krause, a Nordic skier and a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, will be joined on the court by attendants Jamie Gay and Molly Newman. Gay is an Alpine skier and a SSHS junior. Newman is a cross-country skier and a sophomore at Lowell Whiteman School.

Caroline Bohlmann, special events director for the Winter Sports Club, said choosing this year's court was an especially difficult task.

"In going over the queen and attendant for Winter Carnival, we feel that the race was so close that a few girls needed some credit for their hard work and excellent character," she said.

For that reason, the selection committee named three high school juniors as runners up: Sarah Dixson, Amanda DeVos and Mary Rose.

Bohlmann said the Winter Carnival board of directors strives for diversity when choosing the royalty court.

"It's typically a mixture of disciplines," Bohlmann said. "It's not always even, but we try to have a good representation."

The queen and two attendants are meant to characterize the kind of athletes the club strives to produce.

Krause and her court will be introduced to celebrants at the opening ceremonies at Olympian Hall in Howelsen Hill Lodge. Krause will be crowned and receive flowers and a sash.

Being nominated as Winter Carnival royalty allows Winter Sports Club an opportunity to recognize the young women and their achievements in front of the community.

Coaches, athletics directors and other Winter Sports Club staff recommend a Winter Carnival queen and attendants, but the board of directors chooses who wins. The criteria include scholarship, sportsmanship and prior involvement with Winter Sports Club and Winter Carnival.

It has always been a female-only segment of the event. There is no male court.

Choosing the queen and attendants this year was an unusually difficult process.

"I think it's an honor to be chosen, and it says a lot because there were a lot of great girls this year," Bohlmann said. "It was a tougher process because they have to have a great GPA and be nice, respectful and well-rounded girls."

According to Sureva Towler's "The History of Skiing in Steamboat Springs," naming a Winter Carnival queen became a tradition at the third annual event. This year makes the 95th Winter Carnival.

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