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A legacy of success: Spotlight on Lauren Crawford

— These days, former freestyle skier Lauren Crawford is living hundreds of miles from the snow-covered ski slopes of Steamboat Ski Area, but she will never forget the influence the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had on her as a child.

"It takes a village to raise a child," Crawford said. "Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is a huge contributing factor to the way children are raised in Steamboat. … Skiing every weekend is not something everybody gets to do, but in Steamboat Springs, it's a part of growing up. The club is a staple in Steamboat and I can't imagine what the town would be like without it."

Like so many other athletes in Steamboat, Crawford made the most of her time on the slopes. She rose through the lower ranks and made the U.S. Ski Team in 2001, 2002 and 2003, spending most of her time skiing on the NorAm tour.

As an athlete she fell in love with skiing and the outdoor lifestyle pursued by so many residents of our small, mountain town.

Crawford now lives in Denver, which has allowed her to continue living an active lifestyle.

"I have made lifelong friends at the Winter Sports Club," Crawford said. "I may not see them every day, but when we run into one another, our friendships pick up right where they left off."

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Crawford said the lessons she learned from being on the slopes helped her find success when she was earning her business degree in 2007 and her law degree from the University of Denver in May.

"Law school was more painful than any horrible crash I ever had when I was skiing," Crawford said. "But when things got tough on the ski slopes, I just kept pushing and that's how I passed the bar."

But Crawford isn't headed to the courtroom. She is currently seeking a location where she can open a Manic Training franchise in the Denver area. She discovered Manic Training while living in Steamboat between college and law school. She said she is a product of Steamboat's active lifestyle, and her experiences at the Winter Sports Club have inspired her to pursue fitness as a possible business opportunity.

"I think anyone who sticks with the Winter Sports Club over a period of years falls in love with athletics and fitness," Crawford said. "It's about more than just skiing, and members of the club normally mountain bike, hike, swim and enjoy hobbies that take place in the outdoors. It's pretty common for people who have come out of the Winter Sports Club to make a living in something related to athletics."

Crawford hopes to open a successful business in Denver but says she still gets back to the slopes whenever she can. She fell in love with skiing as a member of the Winter Sports Club, and she says she will continue to ski throughout her life.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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