Colorado is sending the second-highest rate of athletes to the Olympics

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DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado punches well above its weight when it comes to producing athletes for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics — but not quite to the extent Hawaii does.

The summer games — postponed last year in the throes of the global pandemic — will begin July 23.

All told, the U.S. is sending a team of 821 athletes to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic games. Every state except North Dakota and Wyoming is sending at least one athlete to represent the country, along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Colorado will send 41 athletes: 11 in track and field; four in shooting; three in cycling; two apiece in rowing, climbing, wrestling, swimming, wheelchair rugby, volleyball and triathlon; and one apiece in pentathlon, soccer, American canoe, archery, rugby, gymnastics, modern pentathlon, taekwondo and Paralympic judo.

In its raw athlete-producing capacity, Colorado rivals the nation’s most populated states.

Only two states are sending more than Colorado. California is sending 150 athletes, and Florida is sending 64.

New York tied Colorado with 41 athletes. Texas is sending 40, and Illinois is sending 29.

More well-populated states will naturally send more athletes, but Colorado is second-best in athletes-per-population.

For the 2021 Olympic Games, it is sending 7.1 athletes per 1 million residents.

The bigger states don’t come close, even though they send more total athletes overall.

California’s Olympians-per-million is half Colorado’s. Florida’s is less than that, while New York’s and Illinois’ are only a third. Texas has one of the lowest national rates of Olympians-per-million at 1.37.

Only one state beats Colorado’s density of athletes: Hawaii.

Hawaii is only sending 11 total athletes, but it is sending 7.56 athletes per million, with heavy representation in surfing and volleyball.

AthleteEventHometownHigh School
Lokken, ZacharyAmerican canoeDurango, Colo.Durango High School
Mather, KevinArcheryLakewood, Colo.
Duffy, ColinClimbingBroomfield, Colo.Stargate Charter School
Raboutou, BrookeClimbingBoulder, Colo.Fairview High School
Blevins, ChristopherCyclingDurango, Colo.Durango High School
Godby, MaddieCyclingLouisville, Colo.Monarch High School
Huck, ErinCyclingBoulder, Colo.Estes Park High School
Moldauer, YulGymnasticsArvada, Colo.Golden High School
Schultz, SamanthaModern pentathlonLittleton, Colo.Chatfield Senior High School
Tanaka, RobertParalympic judoDenver, Colo.
Elgeziry, AmroPentathlonColorado Springs, Colo.
Chase, KendallRowingEvergreen, Colo.Mullen High School
Thoennes, JessicaRowingDenver, Colo.Mountain Vista High School
Melphy, CodyRugbyLittleton, Colo.Heritage High School
Bardfield, StetsonShootingColorado Springs, Colo.
English, AmberShootingColorado Springs, Colo.Cheyenne Mountain High School
Kozeniesky, LucasShootingColorado Springs, Colo.
Shaner, WillShootingColorado Springs, Colo.Colorado Springs High School
Horan, LindseySoccerGolden, Colo.Golden High School
Herzog, SophiaSwimmingFairplay, Colo.South Park High School
Stickney, MorganSwimmingColorado Springs, Colo.
Zolotic, AnastasiaTaekwondoColorado Springs, Colo.
Allman, ValarieTrack and fieldLongmont, Colo.Silver Creek High School
Bor, HillaryTrack and fieldColorado Springs, Colo.
Chelimo, PaulTrack and fieldColorado Springs, Colo.
Coburn, EmmaTrack and fieldCrested Butte, Colo.Crested Butte Community School
Constien, ValTrack and fieldEdwards, Colo.Battle Mountain High School
Cranny, EliseTrack and fieldBoulder, Colo.Niwot High School
Finley, MasonTrack and fieldChaffee, Colo.Buena Vista High School
Hatz, BeatrizTrack and fieldLakewood, Colo.D’Evelyn High School
Keter, BenardTrack and fieldColorado Springs, Colo.
Kincaid, WoodyTrack and fieldLittleton, Colo.Columbine High School
Kunz, AnnieTrack and fieldDenver, Colo.Wheat Ridge High School
Rappaport, SummerTriathlonThornton, Colo.Mountain Range High School
Stockwell, MelissaTriathlonColorado Springs, Colo.
Poulter, JordynVolleyballAurora, Colo.Eaglecrest High School
Washington, HaleighVolleyballColorado Springs, Colo.Doherty High School
Newby, EricWheelchair RugbyBailey, Colo.
Scaturro, AdamWheelchair RugbyLakewood, Colo.Lakewood High School
Gray, AdelineWrestlingDenver, Colo.
Hancock, G’AngeloWrestlingFountain, Colo.Fountain-Fort Carson High School

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