Series: Colorado Competes

As the world gathers in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Colorado Public Radio is looking at our state's many connections to the Games. Here you'll find profiles of Colorado athletes and coaches, stories of the business of the Olympics in Colorado, and much more. Share your Olympic story through our Public Insight Network.

Missy Franklin's Dad
June 22, 2012
17-year-old champion swimmer Missy Franklin attends Regis High School and lives in Centennial, south of Denver. CPR's Ryan Warner spoke with her father, Richard Franklin, just before the Olympic Trials, where she qualified for a record seven Olympic events.

Army Sends Star Athletes to London
July 13, 2012
The military supports the training of Olympians in its ranks as part of the Army's World Class Athlete Program, based at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs. CPR's Andrea Dukakis talks to the head of the program and introduces us to one of its athlete-soldiers.

USOC Gets Millions to Stay in Colo. Springs
July 25, 2012
Incentives package to keep the headquarters of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs have been controversial, but city leaders and many residents say the USOC is an important part of the city's economy and civic pride.

Colorado's Olylmpic Cyclists
July 27, 2012
To say that Colorado is “well represented” on the U.S. Olympic road cycling team would be a real understatement. Nearly half come from this state. Elise Thatcher reports who will be there, then Ryan Warner talks with cycling journalist Joe Lindsey about what he's watching for in London.

Colorado's Four-Time Olympic Triathlete
August 2, 2012
Hunter Kemper of Colorado Springs bounced back from a major injury to swim, pedal and run toward Olympic gold in London.

Rocky Mountain Whitewater Showcased at London Games
August 3, 2012
A former Olympian from Colorado helped create the course for the canoe and kayak events in the London Olympics.

Denver's Aspiring Pentathletes
August 9, 2012
Coach Elaine Cheris has trained competitors in this uniquely challenging sport for decades at her center on East Colfax. But she calls the event 'a nightmare.'

The Mind of an Olympian
August 10, 2012
Olympic athletes have to train their minds as well as their bodies for competition, and many seek the help of sports psychologists.

Paralympian Prepares for London Games
August 17, 2012
Alana Nichols of Wheat Ridge was 17 when she broke her back in a snowboarding accident. Now 29, she’s won gold medals in wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing.

After the Olympics, Making a Living
August 22, 2012
When Olympic and elite athletes train, they still have to make money to live. The United States Olympic Committee helps current and retiring athletes find work.

Paralympic Judo Thrives in Denver
August 29, 2012
Judo is a martial art uniquely suited to blind players, and more of them are finding it, thanks to the Denver-based coaches of this year's Paralympic team.

Checking Back with Missy's Dad
August 31, 2012
Now that the Olympics are over, four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin is back in school. Her father, Richard Franklin, talks about London and what's next, as our series concludes.

[Photo: Graeme Pow]