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Did you know the Mayor of Estes Park is a two time Olympian? Me either...

Estes Park Mayor Wendy Koenig speaks with us about attending Highschool in Estes Park and being an olympian in the historic 1972 Olympic Games and then again in 1976.

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Estes Park Mayor Wendy Koenig speaks with us about Going to Highschool in Estes Park and being an olympian in the historic 1972 Olympic Games and then again in 1976. A terrorist attack overshadowed the ‘72 games. According to Wikipedia:

The event was overshadowed by the Munich massacre in the second week. Eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer at Olympic village were killed by Palestinian Black September members. The motivation for the attack was the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

According to Olympics.com:

A middle-distance runner, Wendy Koenig competed seven times for the United States in international dual meets. She was a three-time AIAW Champion in 1975 in the 880 yards and in 1976 at both 800 and 1,500 meters. Koenig also won three AAU titles, outdoors in 1973 880, in 1976 in the 1,500, and indoors in 1979 800. On 24 March 1973, she set one of the very early world records for the 400 hurdles with 59.08, the first woman to run the event in under one minute. Koenig ran for Colorado State University and competed at the 1972 Olympics as Wendy Koenig and the 1976 Olympics as Wendy Knudson.

With the 50-year anniversary of the 1972 Games happening this Summer, I thought it was a great opportunity to tell this story.

This great interview ties in historical events with one of our community leaders, Mayor Wendy Koenig.

Also, the Colorado Switchblade has just confirmed that Governor Jared Polis will be coming on the podcast next month! Watch for updates.


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