1 Pat Day
Raised in Eagle, the 50-year-old jockey holds the lifetime
earnings record and has more than 8,000 wins.
2 Frozen Dead Guy Days
The annual Nederland event includes races in which teams carry
coffins through an obstacle course.
3 Jim Gray
The reporter for ABC and ESPN graduated from Colorado in 1981.
4 Rick Reilly
The SI columnist is from Boulder, went to Colorado and wrote for
newspapers in Boulder and Denver.
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5 University of Colorado
The Buffaloes have won 16 national titles in skiing and one in
6 Greg Biekert
The veteran Vikings linebacker from Longmont starred at Colorado.
7 Roy Halladay
The 2003 Cy Young winner with the Blue Jays was all-state in
baseball and basketball at Arvada West High.
8 Jeremy Bloom
The Buffaloes' wide receiver from Loveland is the defending World
Cup moguls champ.
9 Chauncey Billups
The Pistons' guard is a Denver native and Colorado alum.
10 University of Denver
The Pioneers have won 17 national championships in skiing and
five in hockey.
11 Chris Fowler
The popular ESPN host and Denver native got his start covering
high school sports for the Rocky Mountain News.
12 Steve Jones
The 1996 U.S. Open champ grew up in Yuma and was All-America at
The Denver suburb is Colorado's SI Sportstown, for having the
best community sports programs.
14 Deer Trail
The world's first rodeo was held here on July 4, 1869.
15 Colorado Springs
The Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the USOC
and 21 U.S. Olympic governing bodies are located here.
16 U.S. Olympic Training Center
As many as 15,000 athletes participating in 19 sports--from
shooting to wrestling to swimming to volleyball--train at the
26-year-old center in Colorado Springs. USOC headquarters is
located on the same 35-acre campus, a former Air Force base.
17 Pikes Peak
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, founded in 1916, is the
country's second-oldest auto race. Each June drivers speed up a
winding 12.4-mile course to the 14,110-foot peak.
The town is home to the Jack Dempsey Museum, which is housed in
the former boxing champ's boyhood cabin.
North America's highest incorporated city (10,430 feet) is home
to a 100-mile ultramarathon.
20 Ben Nighthorse Campbell
The captain of the 1964 U.S. Olympic judo team is from Ignacio
and has been a Republican senator since 1992.
21 Luther Ellis
The Lions' Pro Bowl tackle was also a basketball standout at
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