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Sun Valley’s Summer Olympians Honored in New Exhibit
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Dara Torres is the most decorated U.S. female Olympic athlete of all time. She represented the United States in five Olympic games, eventually becoming the oldest swimmer to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team. COURTESY: Community Library
   
Sunday, July 7, 2024
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

A new exhibit honoring 10 Summer Olympians from Sun Valley opens this week in the foyer of Ketchum’s Community Library. And the Community Library and Jeanne Rodger Lane Center for Regional History will host a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, to honor the local athletes.

The “Summer Games/Local Heroes” exhibit, which will be on display through Labor Day, features the stories of these Olympic athletes:

Gabriela “Gaby” Andersen - Track & Field

 
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Dick Fosbury etched his name in Olympic history with the Fosbury Flop, a groundbreaking technique that revolutionized the sport of high jumping. COURTESY: Community Library
 

• Muffy Davis - Cycling

• Dick Fosbury - Track & Field

• Georgia Gould - Cycling

• Adrienne Lyle - Equestrian

• Ruthie Matthes - Cycling

• Debbie McDonald - Equestrian

• Greg Randolph - Cycling

• Chris Spelius - Kayaking

• Dara Torres – Swimming

The exhibit will feature a variety of mementos, including  handcyclist Muffy Davis’ three gold medals won at the 2012 Paralympics in London; the red, white and blue road bike that Greg Randolph rode in the 1996 Atlanta games and a photograph of the Fosbury Flop that earned Dick Fosbury Olympic gold in 1968 in Mexico City and changed the sport of high jumping forever.

There also will be commemorative pins from various Olympic games, on loan from collector Chuck Jones.

Refreshments will be served at the reception and Library staff will make a few comments at 5 p.m. It’s also expected that a few of the athletes will attend.

“Our community of athletes is large and accomplished. It’s inspiring to celebrate this,” said Mary Tyson, director of the Center for Regional History. “Knowing the history of the local athletes who participated in the Olympics strengthens the springboard for aspiring athletes to jump to new heights.”

Tyson noted that Adrienne Lyle, who will compete in Dressage at the 2024 Olympic Games, which start in Paris 19 days from now, has said that “When a rider stands on a podium, they never stand alone.”

“Come ‘stand’ with these tremendous athletes at ‘Summer Games/Local Heroes,” she added.

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