They came, they saw, they podiumed. These pros put the world on notice in 2016 by winning events in national and global arenas.
For a state whose entire population is roughly the same as that of Denver, Colo., Vermont turns out some pretty amazing athletes. This past year was no exception, with Vermonters taking the podium at world championships around the globe and performing some impressive feats of endurance from Hawaii to the Czech Republic.
We asked both readers and coaches to nominate Vermont’s top athletes of 2016. Here are our favorite stories and performances—from both full-time pros and weekend warriors.
**HOW WE CHOSE OUR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
In addition to asking you, our readers, for suggestions for our Athletes of the Year, Vermont Sports reached out to some of the top athletes and coaches in the state for nominees. Among the criteria: Athletes had to either live in Vermont or have family here and continue to spend a significant amount of time doing their sport here. We also looked to recognize a variety of sports and achievements. Many thanks to Jess Cover of Run Vermont; Bud Keene (freestyle ski and snowboard coach and 2006 Olympic Coach of the Year); backcountry skier, photographer and adventurer Brian Mohr; Tao Smith, headmaster of Killington Mountain School; Peter Vollers of the Killington Mountain School and Overland Tours; Andy Weinberg, founder of the Endurance Society and Phil White, organizer of the Kingdom Games events. Think we missed an athlete? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.