13th Rocky Mountain State Games Set for July 18-20, & 25-27 in Colorado Springs



13th Rocky Mountain State Games Set for


July 18-20, & 25-27 in Colorado Springs


Over the last dozen summers, 72,633 athletes have enjoyed the thrill of competition for medals, career bests and for just plain fun in Colorado Springs.


The annual Rocky Mountain State Games, the state's largest sports festival, is the magnet that has lured these thousands of athletes of all ages and skill levels to America's Olympic City to test their skills in scores of sports.


The Rocky Mountain State Games is a multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities including those with physical disabilities or visual impairment. The Games are recognized by the National Congress of State Games, a member of the United States Olympic Committee.


So far this year, a total of 6,182 athletes have registered to compete in the 41 sports available on the Games menu, and registration is still open for athletes in most sports at: www.rockymountainstategames.org


The host Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is eyeing a final tally of around 9,000 athletes showing up this summer to compete.


Across the United States, the National Congress conducts summer games in 31 state and 10 winter state games. Each year almost 500,000 athletes compete in these 41 contests.


The National Congress also hosts the national State Games of America every two years for athletes who win medals in their own states in the two years between the national event, which is being held in Lincoln, Nebraska this summer. 


The 2015 State Games of America will be held July 28 to August 2 in the Nebraska capitol city.


The Rocky Mountain State Games sport registrations at the moment are led by Lacrosse (77 teams 1,694 athletes); Basketball (62 teams, 744 athletes); Swimming (412 athletes); and Cycling (322 athletes).


But this being the Rocky Mountain State Games, scanning the registration lists reveal that the athletes come from all across Colorado.


Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo are, of course, the leaders, but athletes from towns and cities like Bow Mar, Bailey, Elbert, Alamosa, Steamboat Springs, Sedalia, Durango, Elizabeth, and Rifle are also represented in the State Games.


To date, the oldest registered athlete is 90 (pickleball) and the youngest is 4 (track & field).


* 30-year-old Andrew Belet of Fountain won all-state honors in football and wrestling in Missoula, MT, as a high schooler, joined the Army and became the All-Japan Military Powerlifting Champion. His sports at the Rocky Mountain State Games? It's Disc Golf!


* 20-year-old Ryan Cook was a basketball and track star at Rampart High In Colorado Springs, winning state Class 5A  high jump titles in 2010 and 2011. He enrolled at Drake and won the high jump at the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.


* 23-year-old Tasha Domashovets of Sedalia will compete in the Triathlon. She was a starter for four years on Ohio State's fencing team (epee) and played on Buckeye teams that won a Big 10 and NCAA title.


* 16-year-old Carly Bennett of Parker won varsity letters as a sophomore in cross country, swimming and track and field.


* 19-year-old Deion Fraire of Colorado Springs is an up-and-coming weightlifter whose goal is the Olympic Games. He was fifth in the Junior Nationals and is enrolled at Northern Michigan University's Olympic Weightlifting training site.


* 30-year-old Cole Gorton of Windsor,who will compete in Powerlifting, was the 2002 Colorado Class 5A 189-pound state champion.


* 39-year-old Beach Volleyball entrant Chris Metzgar of Colorado Springs is an elite level judo athlete currently ranked #1 in USA Judo rankings at the Masters 66kg level. In the games this year, Chris will be competing in the 2v2 Men's division with volleyball protege', Ashley Hunt.


* 18-year-old Ashley Register of Colorado Springs will compete in the 100m,200m and Long Jump after winning state titles for Harrison High in the 800-meter sprint relay and the 400 meter medley relay.


* 11-year-old Avery Turney of Littleton will compete in the Triathlon after winning the National Ironkids championship three times. She also won state titles in Swimming and Track & Field.





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