Colorado State lands graduate transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels

Colorado State has landed the commitment of graduate transfer quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, Rams head coach Mike Bobo announced Sunday.

Carta-Samuels comes from Washington, and is the younger brother of former Wyoming and Vanderbilt quarterback and current Missouri quality control coach Austyn Carta-Samuels. A native of Saratoga, Calif., Carta-Samuels threw 47 passes in 25 career appearances as a Husky. Working primarily as Jake Browning‘s backup, Carta-Samuels hit 27-of-47 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

Carta-Samuels figures to compete for the Colorado State quarterback job this fall. Senior Nick Stevens threw all 459 passes for the Rams last season. Sophomore Collin Hill figures to be Carta-Samuels’s chief competition; he was 75-of-129 for 1,096 yards (8.5 per attempt) with eight touchdowns against two interceptions as a true freshman in 2016 before taking a redshirt season in 2017.

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In a Thursday, March 22, 2018 photo provided by the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience in Canon City, Colo., is ablaze after an electrical issue, according to Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience personnel. T-Rex was a total loss, but Zach Reynolds, co-owner of Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, hopes to have a replacement T-Rex before summer. (Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience via AP)

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — The co-owner of a dinosaur-themed park in southern Colorado thinks an electrical malfunction caused a life-size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex to burst into flames.

Zach Reynolds says the T-Rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience smoldered for about 10 minutes before it caught fire Thursday morning. Visitors watched as the inferno spread through the dinosaur, which appeared at times to be breathing flames.

Reynolds joked, "We knew he had a temper, but today he blew his top."

The 24-foot-tall (7-meter-tall) T-Rex, which moved and made sounds, was one of 16 dinosaurs that line the park’s Wild Walk exhibit. Reynolds says it was a total loss but at least "it made for some spectacular imagery along the way."

He hopes to have a replacement T-Rex installed by the summer.

Dino…BBQ? A T-Rex at an attraction in Colorado burns after an electrical malfunction. Wow! pic.twitter.com/XulcwCaH9P

— Rob Wu (@IAmRobWu) March 23, 2018
Protesters block the door of the Golden 1 Center during a demonstration, Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Sacramento, Calif. Protesters decrying this week’s fatal shooting on an unarmed black man marched through downtown Sacramento, disrupting rush hour traffic, blocking Interstate 5 for awhile and forcing the Golden 1 Center to lock its doors, leaving hundreds of ticket holders unable to enter. The Kings NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks was delayed for a while but play was started with hundreds of empty seats. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A protest over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man briefly shut down a major California freeway and disrupted the start of an NBA game Thursday.

The game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks got underway about 20 minutes late as thousands of frustrated fans waited outside. Protesters shouting "Shut it down" formed a human chain blocking fans from entering Golden 1 Center while dozens of police initially attempted to clear entrances before fans were told to go home.

There was shouting but no apparent violence.

Kings officials moved the few hundred fans inside to courtside seats and offered them free non-alcoholic beverages before the game began in the largely empty arena. A half-hour after the delayed tipoff, officials announced no more fans would be admitted.

Fan Doug Hillblon said he thought protesters upset at the Sunday’s shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark went too far in blocking the entrances.

"Their rights don’t supersede everyone else’s," he told The Sacramento Bee as he waited with his wife and a family friend outside the arena.

But season ticket holder Barbara Mitchell, who is black, told the newspaper she was "appalled by what happened to the young man. It was a travesty. So as much as I love basketball, it’s OK. I’m not angry. I admire them for taking the time to protest an injustice."

Earlier, the several hundred protesters marched from Sacramento City Hall onto a nearby freeway, disrupting rush hour traffic and holding signs with messages like "Sac PD: Stop killing us!"

They were upset that Clark was shot in the backyard of his grandparents’ home. Police say they feared he had a handgun when they confronted him after reports that he had been breaking windows in the South Sacramento neighborhood.

But police found only a cellphone.

"We are at a place of deep pain" because of recent violence directed at black people in Sacramento and elsewhere, said the Rev. Les Simmons, a community leader. He said the city’s first black police chief, Daniel Hahn, is doing what he can but protested the actions of Hahn’s officers.

Clinton Primm said he was friends with Clark for about six years and fears others are also at risk at being shot by police.

"He was a great dad," he recalled of Clark, the father of sons ages 1 and 3. "He loved both of them to death."

Sacramento resident Vanessa Cullars said she has lost two family members to police violence.

"I’m fed up with this," she said at the protest. "I feel like our lives don’t matter to them."

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg earlier said he was horrified but won’t second-guess the "split-second decisions" of the officers. He praised Hahn for quickly releasing videos of the shooting and said the department has improved its policies since the fatal shooting of a mentally ill black man in 2016.

But independent experts said the footage from body cameras and an overhead helicopter raises more questions than it answers.

The officers appeared to believe they were in danger, they said, and if so the shooting was likely legally justified.

One officer is heard "doing a mental inventory to make sure there’s no holes in his body" because the officers appear to think Clark may have shot at them and missed, said Peter Moskos, a former police officer and assistant professor in the Department of Law and Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

But Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina and an expert on police use of force, said the officers may have a tough time explaining why they jumped to the conclusion that Clark had a gun.

He also questioned why an arriving backup officer had the two original officers turn off the microphones on their body cameras, eliminating what he called "important evidence."

In an ideal world, the two officers should have immediately provided first aid instead of waiting five minutes for backup, said Eugene O’Donnell, a professor of police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "But that could be more the product of hope than reality," he said, with the officers still in shock and worried about their own safety.

The Sacramento Police Department said officers were responding to reports of a man seen breaking into at least three vehicles and later into a neighbor’s home. The police said deputies in the helicopter saw Clark break a neighbor’s sliding glass door before jumping a fence.

As a result, "their threat radar is really high," said Plumas County sheriff’s deputy and special prosecutor Ed Obayashi, who trains officers and testifies in court on police use of force.

"They have to assume that their lives are in danger at that very second," he said.

Girl shot at Maryland school is ‘brain dead,’ being taken off life support
This undated photo provided by the Willey family shows Jaelynn Willey. A teenager armed with a handgun shot Willey inside a Maryland school on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. (Courtesy of the Willey family via AP)

GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school is brain dead and is being removed from life support, her mother said Thursday

Melissa Willey told news reporters Thursday night that her daughter, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey has "no life left in her." She said Jaelynn would be removed from life support during the evening.

The teen was shot Tuesday by 17-year-old Austin Rollins at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.

Rollins died after shooting Willey. A school resource officer got there within a minute and fired a shot at Rollins, but it’s not yet clear whether Rollins was killed by the officer’s bullet or took his own life.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday Rollins and the girl had been in a relationship that recently ended.

"All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence," police said in a statement.

Willey had been in critical condition at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. A fundraising page to help her family has raised more than $59,000.

A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the thigh during the encounter was released Wednesday from a hospital.

Attempts to reach Rollins’ family have been unsuccessful.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron credited Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill with preventing any more loss of life.

Cameron said Gaskill, a six-year veteran with SWAT team training, responded within a minute and fired his weapon simultaneously with a final shot fired by Rollins. The officer was unharmed.

On Wednesday, authorities said the Glock handgun used in the shooting was legally owned by Rollins’ father. In Maryland it is illegal for anyone under age 21 to possess a handgun unless it is required for their employment.

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Glendening recorded an assist during a 5-1 defeat against Colorado on Sunday.

Although that was just Glendening’s second point in his last 15 games, he’s been pitching in with a more physical presence lately, logging 33 hits and blocking 23 shots as well during the span. The 28-year-old also now sits with 16 points (four goals, four assists) in 60 games on the season, falling just four tallies shy of eclipsing the 20-point mark for the second time of his career. Although, since Glendening’s currently lining up with the fourth forward unit, the odds might not be in his favor, as he likely won’t see many offensive opportunities.

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Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, right, works the ball inside as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his eighth triple-double of the season, Jamal Murray added 26 points and the Denver Nuggets’ playoff hopes received a much-needed boost with a 120-113 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

Will Barton hit a big basket down the stretch and later knocked down two free throws to help the Nuggets hold off a Pistons team that trailed by as many as 26 points in the third quarter. The Nuggets now hit the road for a pivotal seven-game trip.

The fading Pistons dropped their 11th straight road game despite Andre Drummond scoring 21 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. It was Drummond’s 51st double-double of the season.

Blake Griffin added 26 points and nine assists.

The Pistons cut the deficit to 102-97 with 6:55 remaining. Gary Harris hit a scoop shot and then had a fast-break dunk in which he was fouled. He landed awkwardly on his right leg and after a timeout he hit the free throw. He then left the game.

Jokic was a handful for his center counterpart Drummond — and vice versa. Jokic had trouble with Drummond’s strength down low, and Drummond struggled with Jokic’s range as he frequently took Drummond outside.

Jokic’s eight triple-doubles are the most by a Nuggets player in a season since Fat Lever had nine in 1988-89.

Denver’s big second-half lead melted away with the Pistons heating up behind the play of Dwight Buycks, who had 19 of his 22 points in the second half.

Pistons guard Reggie Bullock returned to score 17 points after missing a game with a sore back.

Detroit’s last road victory was Jan. 10 at Brooklyn, and the Pistons were coming off a 110-79 loss at Utah on Tuesday.

The Pistons are at Portland on Saturday in stop No. 3 on a six-game trip, while the Nugget begin a long road trip at Memphis on Saturday.

Ben Wallace is joined by family members during his jersey retirement ceremony with the Detroit Pistons in 2016.
Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris drives past the Pistons’ Stanley Johnson during the first meeting between the teams this season.

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John Elway is looking to free agency for his fix at quarterback following a season in which all three of his drafted QBs fell flat in Denver.

After sitting out the playoffs in each of the last two years following their Super Bowl 50 triumph, the Broncos have apparently found their next signal-caller. Case Keenum plans to sign with Denver when free agency opens Wednesday, ESPN reported early Tuesday.

That would leave the Vikings, Cardinals and Jets vying to land ex-Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is expected to sign a record-breaking contract this week.

The 30-year-old Keenum is considered the second-best QB available on the open market. He guided Minnesota to the NFC championship game after replacing an injured Sam Bradford last season.

Keenum went 11-3 with 3,547 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions and threw that last-second heave to Stephon Diggs to stun the New Orleans Saints 29-24 in the playoffs.

The Vikings, who were subsequently blown out at Philadelphia in the conference championship, decided to let all three of their QBs — Keenum, Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater — test free agency.

With a sparkling new stadium, stacked roster and head coaching stability, the Vikings jumped to the head of the line of potential suitors for Cousins.

The Broncos, who own the fifth pick in next month’s NFL draft, also considered Cousins following a 5-11 season in which Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all struggled behind a porous offensive line and questionable play-calling before Mike McCoy was replaced by Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

All three quarterbacks were draft picks by Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback who has only had success at quarterback in free agency.

Six years ago, Elway landed Peyton Manning, the biggest free agent prize in NFL history, following his release by the Colts and a series of neck fusion surgeries.

Manning had a spectacular closing chapter in Denver, leading the Broncos to the playoffs in all four of his seasons, reaching two Super Bowls and winning one.

Manning retired a month after Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50, and Elway brought in veteran Mark Sanchez, then moved up to grab Lynch in the first round of the draft.

But it was Siemian, a seventh-rounder from Northwestern, who emerged as Manning’s surprise successor in 2016.

Gary Kubiak stepped down as head coach over health concerns following a 9-7 season that ended the Broncos’ five-year playoff run.

Siemian again handily beat out Lynch last summer, but the Broncos would cycle through their trio of homegrown QBs during a 5-11 season that nearly cost rookie head coach Vance Joseph his job.

Keenum is a player the Broncos know well because Kubiak, now the Broncos’ senior personnel adviser, coached him for two seasons while he was head coach of the Houston Texans.

Keenum would have veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as his targets in Denver after Elway chose not to release either of the expensive wide receivers.

At the NFL scouting combine this month, Elway said, "we’ll continue to look at all of the options out there when it comes to quarterback."

That included choosing among the draft prospects that include Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and others.

Despite his swings and misses at QB before, Elway said, "Believe me, I’m not done swinging and missing. Misses don’t bother me. We just have to figure out a way to get it right. That is what we are working on."

Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly, a seventh-rounder last year who sat out his rookie season with injuries, remain on the roster.

Elway insists the Broncos can get right back into the playoff picture with the right quarterback and tweaks to other areas of the roster.

"I still think we’re not too far away," Elway said at the combine. "Obviously, we have to get better at that (quarterback) position. We didn’t play well there last year. That doesn’t all go on the players. There were some things that we should have done differently that we didn’t do. I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly."

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DENVER — The former Colorado governor behind Denver’s historic snubbing of the Olympics and the man who spearheaded the effort to stop Boston from hosting the Olympics think Colorado voters should be able to weigh in on whether Denver should host the Winter Games.

Speaking at a community forum on Denver’s consideration of a possible 2030 bid on Saturday, former Gov. Dick Lamm said democracies make up their minds by voting and said lawmakers should put a referendum on the ballot this fall.

“Let’s vote,” Lamm, part of a newly formed Olympic opposition group, told the crowd of about 200.

In 1972, Lamm was a state lawmaker who helped lead a campaign to convince voters to reject funding for the 1976 Winter Games in Denver, making it the only city to ever walk away from a successful bid. Besides cost concerns, Lamm said Colorado now would also have to worry about having enough snow to host the games because of climate change.

No Boston Olympics co-chair Chris Dempsey also said Colorado voters should have a referendum, adding the International Olympic Committee “hates them.”

Dempsey called the Olympic bidding process the “world’s most expensive auction” and said that the promises that cities make to win Olympics usually can’t stand up to democratic scrutiny. He warned attendees that hosting the Olympics could mean giving up one lane of Interstate 70 — Colorado’s often crowded highway to the mountains — to Olympic officials, including royal members of the IOC, and said it would be impossible to avoid having taxpayers be responsible for budget overruns despite the promises to the contrary.

“Bid books are the greatest fiction ever written,” Dempsey said.

Steve McConahey, a member of a committee convened by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to study whether Denver should pursue an Olympic bid, said the committee will not include any taxpayer subsidies in its budget plans and that insurance would cover any unexpected expenses.

While Olympic exploratory chairman Rob Cohen said that the IOC recently told Scion, Switzerland, that it would look at allowing insurance to cover a limited amount of cost overruns, Dempsey said such insurance coverage does not exist.

The Olympic exploratory committee is expected to make a recommendation to Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper on whether to pursue an Olympic bid in early May. Committee chair Rob Cohen told the audience that the committee will discuss whether to ask for a vote as part of its deliberations.

After the forum, Lamm said there are no talks underway to introduce a referendum and that it would be better if the committee and Olympic opponents jointly ask state lawmakers for one.

However, state lawmakers finish up their session around the same time that the Olympic committee will be making its recommendation, making it unlikely there would be enough time for lawmakers to agree to pursue a possible joint request. Olympic opponents still have the option to collect signatures to put their own measure on the ballot.

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Dylan McCaffrey (10) took a redshirt his freshman season at Michigan. (

Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey and his brothers are being called heroes this week after they rescued a man who fell 25 feet climbing in Colorado.

According to KDVR-TV, the Fox affiliate in Denver, Colorado, McCaffrey and his older brothers Max and Christian were climbing in Castle Rock when 72-year-old Dan Smoker fell trying to climb down.

"I heard what sounded like a shoe slipping on some rock and then I heard him say, ‘Oh,’" Elijah Smoker, the 13-year-old grandson who accompanied Smoker on the trip, told KDVR.

"It sounded like this voice, and then I turn around about halfway through his fall and I see him hit the ground."

Seven people were there to call for help, including the McCaffreys, and comfort the grandson.

Smoker suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the report, including a broken neck, fractured femur, fractured pelvis, nine broken ribs and bleeding from his abdomen and brain.

"It was such a crazy experience," Elijah Smoker said. "But the McCaffreys changed how the story went. I can’t thank them enough."

On Sunday Smoker’s son, Dan, thanked the McCaffrey brothers publicly, writing on Twitter: "Yesterday, they helped save my dad’s life. after he fell off of Castle Rock. They comforted my son when he was alone. Then showed up to the hospital to check in.

"This (Ohio State football) fan may be torn come November 24."

Not pictured – @dcaf20 – he was there to help when my dad fell, but had to head back to @UMichFootball before this picture. This @OhioStateFB fan may be torn come November 24. https://t.co/1pvMPRboJq

— Dan Smoker (@dsmokexu) March 6, 2018

Christian McCaffrey played football at Stanford, while Max McCaffrey played at Duke and went on to crack the practice squad with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.

Dylan McCaffrey, meanwhile, redshirted his freshman season at Michigan and is expected to be involved in a quarterback competition this spring and fall.

McCaffrey was recruited to Michigan from Castle Rock, Colorado, where he was a consensus four-star prospect and ranked as the sixth-best quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class.

Bill Murray’s son Luke is an assistant coach for Xavier. (Charlie Riedel | AP Photo)

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NHL math doesn’t add up when it comes to the league’s standings, but the Nashville Predators nonetheless extended their winning streak to nine games over the Avalanche with Sunday’s 4-3 overtime triumph at the Pepsi Center. For the Preds, it’s a win in the win column. For the Avs, it goes down as a tie.

Nashville, which sits atop the Western Conference with 93 points, has now won five consecutive games in Denver, but for the Avs, they are 0-4-1 during that stretch.

Colorado (76 points) hasn’t defeated the Preds since late in the 2015-16 season, with Nashville outscoring the Avs 38-20 in that stretch. The Avs lost at Nashville by 4-1 and 5-2 scores on Oct. 17 and Nov. 18, respectively. They host the Preds for the fourth and final meeting of the regular-season series March 16.

Sunday’s win was Nashville’s eighth consecutive, tying a club record.

Another concussion. Avs forward Colin Wilson missed the game with the head injury he sustained in Friday’s 7-1 victory over Minnesota. He is going through concussion protocol and is doubtful to travel with the team Monday when it embarks on a two-game trip.

Wilson had previously missed 13 games to three ailments (hip, lower-body, illness) and is the third Avs player to sustain a head injury within the last month. Goalies Jonathan Bernier and Andrew Hammond also have been out with head injuries, although Bernier is expected to come off injured reserve Monday and travel with the team to Chicago. Bernier has missed the last eight games.

Footnotes. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who had the Avs’ first goal, has three points (two goals) in his last four games. … Center Carl Soderberg has four points (two goals) in his last three outings. … Wilson is one of four Avs to have been drafted by Nashville. The others are forwards Gabriel Bourque and Vladislav Kamenev and defenseman Sam Girard. Kamenev and Girard were acquired from the Preds in the three-team Matt Duchene trade Nov. 5. … Referee Brad Watson of Highlands Ranch worked the game. Watson, 56, is the NHL’s oldest ref who recently signed up to work next season.

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Broncos general manager John Elway said Wednesday that he expects Wolfe to remain with the team for the start of the 2018 campaign and make a full recovery from offseason neck surgery, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. "Sounds like [Wolfe] is doing really well. He’s happy with the surgery so far," Elway said. "[Wolfe] is another one we plan on going forward with."

Elway’s comments mimicked what was suggested earlier Wednesday by head coach Vance Joseph, who said he "absolutely" wants to see Wolfe with the Broncos in 2018 and beyond, according to Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com. Wolfe, who signed a four-year, $36.7 million contract extension with Denver in January of 2016, was placed on injured reserve shortly after suffering a neck injury Nov. 26 against the Raiders, finishing the season with 31 tackles and two sacks in 11 contests. He was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis, but despite the severity of that condition, the 28-year-old dismissed the possibility of retirement. While he could remain limited or unavailable for the Broncos’ offseason program, Wolfe is expected to be back to full strength by the end of training camp and settle into a starting role at defensive end.

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Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States attends a press conference on day 14 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 23, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It may have been a down year for Team USA at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, but athletes from Colorado represented the Centennial State well. They brought home enough silver and gold to make Yukon Cornelius sing.

By The Numbers

9

Number of medals won by Coloradans.

39%

Percentage of Team USA’s medals that were won by Coloradans.

Colorado Olympians who won Olympic medals in PyeongChang

The 22-year-old EagleVail skier was the big winner of the Games for Colorado — she took home gold in the giant slalom and won a silver medal in the alpine combined. Despite her two medals, she was disappointed to miss out on a repeat victory in the slalom, an event in which she was heavily favored. “Every single loss that I’ve ever had, I remember that feeling — ugh — so thoroughly,” Shiffrin said of her disappointment. “It’s like a piece of my heart breaks off and I can never get it back.”

RED GERARD

The 17-year-old from Silverthorne — fresh off a late night Netflix binge-watching session — won the first gold medal for the U.S. during the PyeongChang Games, putting together an amazing final run in the snowboard slopestyle. Gerard became a huge hit, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and having his hometown unofficially change its name in his honor.

The 23-year-old goaltender was a member of the Team USA’s gold-medal winning hockey team, that defeated Canada to with the first U.S. hockey gold in 20 years. Hensley shut out the Olympic athletes from Russia early in the tournament — and the images on her goalie mask became a talking point. However, the Lakewood native and Green Mountain High School grad did not get the start in the gold medal game.

The 23-year-old halfpipe skier from Aspen claimed the silver medal — although it took a massive performance from fellow American David Wise to edge him out for gold. During the event, Alex’s father Marcelo Ferreira recruited 50 school children from Seoul to sing and dance for his son in a magical moment in Phoenix Park.

In one of the most unlikely Olympic stories, Gibbs was discovered four years ago working out at a Denver gym. A friend told her she’d be good at the bobsled. Turns out Gibbs was great, as she earned a silver medal in the two-person bobsled, along with teammate Elana Meyers Taylor.

KYLE MACK

The 20-year-old first-time Olympian from Silverthorne won the silver medal in the Big Air competition — the second medal of the Games for the town of Silverthorne. And he did it be pulling of an incredible front side 1440 one-of-a-kind bloody Dracula grab.

It was a comeback story for Arielle Gold, the Steamboat Springs snowboarder, who won a bronze medal in the halfpipe. The 21-year-old Gold — a.k.a. the biggest Broncos fan at the Olympics — nearly quit snowboarding after suffering an injury during practice for the Sochi Games.

After one bobble cost her a medal in the super-G, the 33-year-old Vail skier won the bronze medal in what could be her final Olympic downhill race. The medal was some vindication for Vonn, who had been heckled by internet trolls in the lead-up to the Olympics. After her races, Vonn scattered her grandfathers ashes near the downhill course. After the Games, not everyone was convinced Vonn’s Olympic career is over.

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