Emily Hannah

Photo by John F. Russell

Emily Hannah

Locals 2012: Emily Hannah


Are You a Local? Quiz

Take Steamboat Living’s simple quiz to help determine whether you’re a cheechako or a sourdough when it comes to your tenure in Steamboat.

1. White out is used to:
A. turn legs into jelly
B. correct mistakes on a term paper
C. warm up your legs on the first run
D. A and C

2. Three current postal clerks’ names are:
A. Don, Tom and Ron
B. Fred, Hank and Harriet
C. Julie, John and Norbert

3. Locals used to gather atop Thunderhead in the early morning for:
A. advice from Billy Kidd
B. free coffee/mimosas
C. rope drop

4. I try this ski parking sequence, in order:
A. tiny lot below Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square, Knoll Lot, Meadows Lot
B. Meadows Lot, Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square
C. rodeo grounds, City Market, Wildhorse Meadows

5. Drink out of the Lithium Spring and you may get:
A. the trots
B. a euphoric feeling
C. a ticket
D. algae in your teeth

6. The original name of the Yampa River was:
A. Bear River
B. Steamboat River
C. Anything Town USA River
D. Billy Kidd Brook

7. The original hospital in town now is:
A. a medical marijuana dispensary
B. Old Town Pub
C. Old Town Hot Springs
D. a tattoo parlor

8. The following people attended Perry-Mansfield:
A. Dustin Hoffman, Julie Harris and Lee Remick
B. Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake
C. Marilyn Monroe

9. Touch the Buddy Werner statue atop Mount Werner and you’ll get:
A. arrested
B. good luck
C. cold fingers

10. The following Broadway musical resulted from Agnes de Mille square dancing in a schoolhouse in Hayden:
A. “Grease”
B. “Oklahoma”
C. “West Side Story”

11. The word “Yampa” comes from:
A. a flowering, edible root that grows along the river
B. the founder of town, Herbert B. Yampa
C. an Indian greeting

12. The real name of today’s Lighted Man is:
A. Tom Hanks
B. Jon Banks
C. Claudius Banks

13. The name of our local mountain range is:
A. Park B. Elk
C. Zirkels
D. Never Summer

14. These bands played at the Inferno:
A. Dave Matthews, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Sonia Dada
B. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Taj Mahal and the Suburbs
C. Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull and Charlie Daniels

15. The original name of Steamboat Ski Area was:
A. Billy Kiddville
B. Storm Mountain
C. Grouse Creek
D. Wally World

16. The old Routt County license plates started with:

17. Lincoln Avenue is so wide because:
A. it was designed to fit Hummers and Lincoln Navigators
B. it was used to drive cattle to stockyards
C. high school tuba players needed more room at Winter Carnival

18. The train depot once was one of the largest:
A. cattle shipping centers in the West
B. facilities to host Cabaret
C. coal-transfer stations in Colorado

How did you score?
5 points for each correct answer (90 total)
80 to 90: veritable John Crawford
70 to 79: Billy Kidd
60 to 69: five-year ski bum
50 to 59: came for the winter, stayed for the summer
Below 50: just visiting

When her acceptance letter didn’t arrive like all her friends’ letters did, Emily Hannah wondered what she had done. Should she have applied to other schools? Should she have applied to more schools?

Then one day, it was there. She had been accepted to Harvard.

“Disbelief,” Emily says. “It took awhile to realize I was actually going there.”

Emily will make the trudge in the fall to Harvard, a choice that wasn’t as easy.

Understand that Emily is lights-out smart. She also is one of the brightest cross-country skiers in the country. Emily had to debate whether to put school off for a year and try to make the U.S. Ski Team. With her ability, she likely would have.

“I think Emily could ski and win World Cups,” says Brian Tate, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s cross-country director. “She could make the Olympics, if she wanted.”

Emily still has interest in skiing and will ski competitively for Harvard. But her passion doesn’t sit with two skis.

She’s more interested in the brain and how it works. “It’s an exploding field,” she says. “I want to use what we know about the brain and couple that with super computers. I want to artificially create a part of the brain with a computer.”

Skiing and school, however, have gone hand in hand for Emily. She trained 475 hours last year, with schooling receiving even more attention. Although she isn’t quite sure what she wants to do, she knows she wants to continue her education and eventually get a Ph.D. Chemical and physical biology interest her. She also may want to be a high school or college teacher.

Whatever the next four years and beyond hold is unclear. The only certainty is that Emily will be working hard and achieving great things — just like she has in Steamboat. “Whenever I’m busy, it makes me more productive,” she says.


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