World-Class Athletes Call Boulder Home, Find Success on the Biggest Stage.

For scores of world-class athletes, the road to Tokyo ran through Boulder. Whether climbing, running, cycling or throwing, Boulder-area athletes represented our community well.

Here’s a roundup of some of the top performances at the Olympics by some of the athletes that call Boulder home.

Track and Field

Longmont's Valarie Allman Takes Gold in Discus

Allman, a Silver Creek High School alumna was the first American to win a medal in discus since 2008. She threw the discus 226 feet, 3 inches.

Former University of Colorado stars, other Locals Shine on the track

  • 3,000m Steeplechase athletes and former CU stars Emma Coburn and Val Constien each advanced to the finals in their event. They finished 16th and 12th, respectively
  • 10,000m runner and CU stand-out Joe Klecker finished 16th, running a time of 28:14.
  • Niwot High School alumna Elise Cranny finished 13th in the women's 5,000m, finishing in 14:55.
  • Boulder-based runner Jake Riley raced in his first Olympic Marathon, finishing 29th with a time of 2:16:17.


Climbing was a new Olympic sport in 2020. Boulder-area athletes represented two of the U.S.' four-person team.

Broomfield's Colin Duffy places 5th

Duffy performed well in all three climbing disciplines, finishing 7th overall. His best event was speed climbing, where he finished 5th.

Boulder's Brooke Raboutou also finished 5th overall in the women's climbing competition. Her best event was bouldering, where she finished 5th.


  • Erin Huck, a Boulder resident, competed in the women's cross-country mountain biking final. She finished 31st.
  • Maddie Godby, from Louisville, competed in the women's sprint and keirin events. She advanced to the quarterfinals in both disciplines.