It’s not in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but skijoring is alive and well in Colo.

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(Courtesy of Paul Copper/Leadville Skijoring)
<p>From left to right: Ed Kerrigan of Leadville, Colo., Joe Gash of Gilman, Colo., Fritz Hauser and Heiko Kuhn of Leadville, Colo., participate in a 1956 skijoring competition in Leadville.</p>
&lt;p&gt;A vintage newspaper clipping about a skijoring event in Leadville.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;A vintage newspaper clipping of a skijoring event in Leadville.&lt;/p&gt;

While it's not one of the events in Sochi, skijoring is still popular in Colorado, where at least four skijoring events are held each year, including one last weekend in Silverton, Colo.

The most competitive might be Leadville's annual festival, which started in 1949. It's set to take place March 1-2, 2014. And in mid-March, there’s a skijoring event in Minturn.

Paul Copper has helped organize the Leadville festival for the last couple of decades, and he's participated as both a skier and a horseback rider. He says skijoring is unlike any other ski sport.

"When you're skiing downhill you just casually take off and let gravity pull you," Copper said. "But behind a horse, in three lunges that horse is at about 40 miles per hour."