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Well, Crested Butte will be VERY well represented in the Sochi Olympics in February. Huge congratulations to Crested Butte’s AARON BLUNCK and DAVID CHODOUNSKY, who were both named to the U.S. Olympic Team this week.

            We ran a story in this winter’s Crested Butte Magazine about Dr. Gloria Beim serving as the head doctor for the U.S. Olympic Team, with a side story on contender Aaron Blunck, 2012 steeplechase Olympian Emma Coburn, long-time Olympics photographer Nathan Bilow, and the slate of valley residents who are former Olympic athletes.

            What I failed to include was a report on David Chodounsky. David is a repeat NCAA Champion in the slalom, racing for Dartmouth 2004-2008 and leading the men’s alpine team to its first overall NCAA team championship in 32 years. Since graduating, he’s been a strong World Cup contender in slalom, giant slalom and super G.

            As I was writing the short article on Olympic contenders late last summer, I really underestimated David’s tenacity and courage going into this ski season. He’d missed the 2011-2012 season due to a patella injury, surgery and rehab. He followed that with a strong come-back season last winter, but I didn’t realize just how powerful a force he would be this year. Sochi, here comes David Chodounsky!