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Spillane, Johnny


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Date of Birth: November 24, 1980

City/State of Birth: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Current Residence: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Olympics and Events Attended:
1998 Olympics. Nagano, Japan - Nordic Combined
2002 Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA ~ Nordic Combined
2006 Olympics, Torino, Italy - Nordic Combined
2010 Olympics, Vancouver, Canada ~ Nordic Combined ~ Won three silver medals: Individual LH, 10km; Individual NH, 10km; Team Relay, LH 4x5km

Brief Biography:
Spillane grew up close to the jumps at Howelsen Hill and thought jumping was the coolest thing and wanted to try it as soon as he could. He started skiing at the age of two, but he didn't get serious about jumping until he was eleven. It still took him another two years before he got "real" jumping skis. "I just jumped on alpine skis for a long time, sliding off the jump with my alpine skis. I finally started using jumping skis when I was about thirteen," he says.

Spillane has had many accomplishments in his career, including taking a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in 1991 and a silver medal in 2000. In 2000 in Kuopio, Finland he took 1st in World Cup. He finished in the top-ten, 19 times in his World Cup career. In 2003 he was the U.S. large hill jumping champion. In February of 2003, Spillane won the first gold medal for the U.S. in Olympic and World Championship history. That same year he made history when he took three back-to-back podiums at the World Cups. Unfortunately injuries forced him to take time out in the 1st half of 2004 and he missed the last six weeks of 2005. He did however receive the 4th podium of his career in Trodheim in 2005. Not to be deterred, his goal for 2006 was Olympic Gold Medals (plural). Johnny experienced great success in the 2010, Vancouver, Canada, Olympics winning 3 silver medals. He retired from Nordic Combined competition in April 2013.

Johnny is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys fly-fishing in the summer and says that "Steamboat is the best place in the world, and I have been everywhere"!
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