BOULDER, Colo. -- Gathering in a park that celebrates the sport of biking, hundreds showed up on Sunday to pay their respects to twenty-six-year-old professional cyclist Amy Dombroski who died last week during a training accident.
The gifted athlete, who leaves behind a fiancé and extended family, was in Belgium on Thursday when her team says she was hit by a truck. The cyclist, who fell into the sport of cycling after a ski accident, is being remembered as an inspirational figure even at a young age.
"She was racing at the highest levels of this sport, world championships, participations, national champion multiple times, these types of achievements are incredibly difficult," said Chris McGee, executive director of the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado.
During Sunday's memorial service, friends touted both Dombroski's accomplishments and her goals to one day compete in the Olympics. Her brother, who also lives in Colorado, said his sister had a unique ability to stay focused even while others got off course.
"She had this amazing ability to not get caught up in the some of the little life things that so many of us get caught up in," said Dan Dombroski.