Olympians Speak Out
Olympians have used their voices to protect our public lands. Read their pieces below.
Margaux Isaksen is a three time Olympic Pentathlete and the athlete representative for OPL. She lives and trains in Colorado Springs, CO but grew up near the Ozarks National Forest which she says "shaped her as an athlete and pushed her to become an Olympian." Read her Colorado Springs Gazette piece here.
Chloe Woodruff is an Olympic Mountain Biker who lives and trains in Prescott, AZ, primarily in the Prescott National Forest. She says, "My local National Forest makes me proud to call this state home. I want to make sure [public lands] are around for the next generation of athletes too." Read her eNews Arizona piece here.
Jake Kaminski grew up in Buffalo, NY and now lives and trains in Chula Vista, CA. He won a silver medal in team archery at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He cross trains on his bike nearby in the Otay Mountain Wilderness and says, "The abundance of trail systems and protected lands in our country is one of the things that makes me most proud to be an American." Read his piece in the Buffalo News here.
Read more Olympian guest pieces here:
- Rachael Flatt, Colorado Springs Gazette, "The importance of access to public lands"
- Kristi Koplin, The Park Record, "Park City Olympic hopeful questions rollback of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante"
- Katie Zaferes, Santa Cruz Sentinel, “Voice your support for public lands”
- Kara Winger, The Columbian, “Enjoyment of public lands strengthens family bond”
- Shannon Rowbury, Deseret News, “Concerned about movement to transfer public lands”
- Howard Grotts, Durango Herald, "Athletes share their love of open spaces"
MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS ON PUBLIC LANDS
1/18/18, A Trojan Horse Threatens the Nation's Parks, New York Times
1/4/18, National Monuments are Much More Than Just Parks, Teen Vogue