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Heckman, Ryan

Date of Birth: March 7, 1974

City/State of Birth: Houston, Texas

Current Residence: Denver, Colorado

Olympics and Events Attended:
1992 Olympics, Albertville, France -Nordic Combined
1994 Olympics, Lillehammer, Norway - Nordic Combined

Brief Biography:
Ryan Heckman began skiing at the age of four with his father at Alta, Utah. After his family moved to Winter Park, Colorado in 1982, Heckman began ski jumping and cross-country skiing with a local school program. Later they moved to Steamboat Springs, where he graduated in 1993. Rapidly moving up the ranks within the Rocky Mountain Division, Heckman became the youngest ever National Champion at the age of sixteen. At seventeen, Heckman participated in his first Olympics in 1992, skiing for the U.S. Ski Team. Heckman earned three national titles, was a member of four World Championship teams, skied in two Olympic games and before his ultimate retirement in 1997, was ranked the ninth best Nordic Combined skier in the world.

Heckman's career will be remembered for spearheading a rejuvenating U.S. team after finishing nearly last at the 1992 Olympics. By 1997, the U.S. Nordic Combined Team had improved from one of the worst teams in the world in 1992 to the third best team on the World Cup. Tom Steitz, three-time United States Olympic Team coach, says of Heckman's contribution to U.S. skiing: "Ryan showed the next generation it could be done. Ryan opened the door so that younger athletes like Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick could step through it."

Heckman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado in 1998 with a major in business and a minor in economics. Ryan and his wife Katie, a former CU Buffalo Varsity Ski Team member, live in Denver, Colorado.
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Tribal Lands Acknowledgement
The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.