Jackson Hole is no stranger to Olympic Fever: many hometown heroes have competed in past games, and Sochi may bring even more medals. Teton darling and slalom star Resi Stiegler, daughter of Olympian Pepi Stiegler of the eponymous ski shop and niece of Peter Stiegler of beloved Steigler’s Restaurant, will make her second trip to the Olympics. Since Torino, the alpine ski racer has suffered multiple injuries only to valiantly rehab and return. Two years ago, she placed second in the World Cup slalom. Track her turns when women’s alpine begins on Feb. 10.
Jackson Hole takes pride in its Olympic pedigree, defined by world-class athletes like Tommy Moe, who is one of only two U.S. men to win an Olympic downhill competition, and one of three Americans to ever claim two alpine medals at one Olympics (the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer). Born in Montana, Moe moved to Wilson, WY more than a decade ago, and now serves as a Ski Guide and Special Ambassador for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
While it’s no wonder that the Tetons train top downhill racers, the Winter Olympics have welcomed a wide range of Wyoming athletes. Jackson native Erich Wilbrecht immersed himself in the outdoors, only to become a world-class Nordic skier (not to mention fly-fisherman and hunter). At the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, Wilbrecht competed on the Olympic Biathlon team, an event that pairs cross-country skiing with rifle marksmanship. After an illustrious Nordic career, Wilbrecht returned home to Jackson Hole and now works as a real estate broker with Sotheby’s International Realty.
Local legends Hans and Nancy Johnstone are both Olympians. Hans competed in Nordic Combined at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada, and biathlete Nancy represented the U.S. in the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France. Since their Olympic glory days, the Johnstones have made their home in Jackson Hole as the innkeepers of The Alpine House. Hans also works as a guide for Exum Mountain Guides, and has claimed many first ascents and ski descents in the Tetons.
Summer Olympics have also seen their fair share of Wyoming athletes. Growing up in Casper, Barb Lindquist was one of the state’s best swimmers before being recruited to swim at Stanford University in California. As a professional athlete, she added the triathlon to her repertoire, and in 2004, she placed 9th in the Triathlon at the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Teton Village TVs will surely be tuned to Sochi throughout the Olympics (February 6-23), but sports spectators can practice with the Super Bowl this Sunday. The Q Roadhouse and Brewing Co. is hosting a Super Bowl Party with an 8-foot screen in the main dining room, six big screens in the bar, a special Super Bowl menu and shot specials. Festivities begin when the Roadhouse’s doors open at 10 a.m. on Sunday. In town, Eleanor’s Bar is staging Super Bowl Superswag with giveaways like a Fireball Guitar and a Jack Daniels Adirondack chair, all starting at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, at the Wort Hotel, the Silver Dollar Bar’s Super Bowl XLVIII Party will feature food and drink specials as well as raffle prizes. Silver Dollar spectators have a chance to win a Fireball snowboard among other prizes.
This month is certainly bringing on the big guns, sports-wise.