The Olympian: Todd Lodwick
In 2006, after 18 years of professional skiingincluding competing in four Olympics and grabbing six World Cup wins in various nordic and ski-jumping eventsTodd Lodwick had had enough. The third-generation Steamboat local retired and spent the next two years working as a real-estate agent, bow-hunting in the five wilderness areas within an hour of town, and refurbishing his home. But once Lodwick had redone everything but the studs, he got restless. "I wanted an Olympic medal," says the 32-year old. So he started training, cross-country skiing and road-biking on the hundreds of miles of road and trails out his front door. It worked. Last winter, Lodwick won two golds at the nordic skiing world championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. His new goal? To win an Olympic medal in Vancouver in nordic combined (cross-country skiing and ski jumping), something no American has ever done.
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Energy Food Guru: Adam Spector
Spector, a 38-year-old native of Carversville, Pennsylvania, has had some pretty great jobs. Right after college, he farmed fish in Boulder, then for two years he owned the Barking Dog Cafe, in Lyons, Colorado. But he wasn't satisfied. "Running a coffee shop is seven days a week, starting at 4 A.M.," says Spector. "And the trout farm was a 24-hour-a-day job." Things are a little different at energy-food manufacturer Honey Stinger, where the onetime mountain-bike racer is now the national sales manager. He often commutes on 14 miles of singletrack, and, come winter, Spector and his fellow employees frequently take their lunch breaks in the morning with a quick skin up the resort. "Making powder turns with a group of friends is a great way to start the day."
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The Rancher: Jerad Iacovetto
"There's a lot more to do here than ski," says 32-year-old Iacovetto. He would know. Along with his brother and parents, Iacovetto, a fourth-generation Steamboat Springs native, runs Saddleback Ranch, one of two dozen or so working ranches in the surrounding Yampa Valley. When he's not fattening up the 2,000 yearlings and 100 cows on their 8,000-acre spread, Iacovetto looks after Saddleback's guests. "We do a lot of different things," he says, "from horseback rides in the summer to elk hunts in the fall to sleigh rides in the winter." Any of which, he says, is preferable to shepherding the sons and daughters of B-list celebs, as he did a few years ago for the reality show Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. "Those kids didn't want to do anything," he recalls. "It was a lot of work."
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The Golfer: Luke Brosterhous
After college, Brosterhous spent a season teaching skiing in Steamboat. He knew he wanted to settle down there; now all he had to do was figure out how to make it work. "I didn't want to become a crusty, 60-year-old ski bum," he says. Brosterhous left Steamboat, played on golf's PGA Tour for a year and a half, taught the sport in Bhutan for four months, got a master's in sports psychology...and then felt he was ready to move back. "When I returned to Steamboat, I was able to transfer those experiences into a career." In 2008, he started Authentic Golf, a golf-instruction-and-travel company. And, of course, the 30-year-old skis. "We'll gladly suffer high mortgages," he says, "so we can ski 100 days per year."
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