Summit Daily News reporter Kelsey Fowler caught up with Colorado Mountain College alum Josh Loubek to learn about his experience as the head judge for the ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle events at the Sochi Winter Olympics Games. First printed in the Summit Daily News.
Colorado Mountain College alumnus Josh Loubek started training for competitive skiing while attending the campus in Steamboat Springs. Loubek served as the head judge for ski halfpipe & ski slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Photo courtesy Josh Loubek.
Colorado Mountain College alumnus Josh Loubek has traveled the world, but credits his education and time spent in Colorado in the ’90s as an important jumping-off point for his career in winter sports.
He came to Steamboat Springs as a teen, and spent time all across the Colorado Rockies. Loubek recently returned from his stint as the head judge of the ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The Summit Daily News spoke with Loubek about his time at CMC, his love of the slopes and his approach to judging a sporting event watched worldwide. Read more
Colorado Mountain College received a thoughtful endorsement in the Steamboat Pilot’s editorial pages this week. The editorial reflected on CMC president Carrie Hauser’s recent visit to Steamboat Springs and the valuable role CMC plays in the Steamboat Springs community. The full editorial is reprinted below.
Our View: CMC elevates Steamboat’s educational offerings
Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, which sits high above the western edge of downtown offering spectacular views of Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill, serves as a brick and mortar reminder of the visionary work undertaken by a group of committed community leaders who realized the value of keeping a college in Steamboat Springs and fought hard to save it more than 30 years ago.
The dramatic $20 million campus addition, built in 2011, pays tribute to that effort and has become one of Steamboat’s most iconic landmarks. The architecturally impressive building also is a symbol of the community’s generosity and the willingness of school district voters to tax themselves to support the local Read more
CMC screens film on 10th Mountain Division Saturday, March 8
This article was published in the Summit Daily News.
‘Climb to Glory’ tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II.
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Following a successful 2013 festival, the Breckenridge Festival of Film is seeking to expand its offerings in 2014, beginning with the nearly sold-out Summit County premiere of “Climb to Glory,” a film by Warren Miller Entertainment and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum.
The film tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II. Scheduled for Saturday, March 8, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, the screening will be accompanied by a presentation by 10th Mountain Division veteran Dick Over, as Read more
CMC adjunct Nick Harris researches ground-breaking energy technology
This article was published in the March 2, 2014 Aspen Daily News. By Nelson Harvey.
Nick Harris, an assistant instructor and biofuels researcher at CMC in Rifle, rotates a test tube of bacteria inside an anaerobic chamber at the school’s lab. Harris’ bacteria production will eventually be scaled up and used in a test project to “eat” grass and produce butanol, which is a direct replacement for gasoline. Photo: Chris Council, Aspen Daily News.
Nick Harris is a very slow dishwasher. And while his girlfriend at home may loathe him for it, such cautious deliberation has come to serve him well in the lab.
On a recent afternoon, in a fluorescent-lit back room on the Rifle campus of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Harris snapped on latex gloves, carefully sterilized a glass beaker and filled it with nutrient solution. He dropped a hose in the brew and began bubbling through pure nitrogen gas to drive out any oxygen. Finally, he poured the solution into a set of small glass test tubes, then capped and deposited them in a nitrogen-filled anaerobic chamber. Click for full article
CMC Outdoor Education grad Bobby Layman works through TBI to help others
This article was first published in the Glenwood Post Independent.
By Jessica Pain.
Bobby Layman, a ski instructor with Challenge Aspen, has overcome some big obstacles. The former Rifle High student has overcome a traumatic brain injury suffered while skiing to become a top-level ski instructor. Photo: Jon Mitchell.
SILT — On Dec. 23, 2003, Bobby Layman, then 16 was skiing his last run of the day at Snowmass when he flew off a jump, spun a 360, and landed brutally on his head and chest.
He was left unconscious. His heart had stopped.
He suffered from a traumatic brain injury and bruised his left lung. Doctors told the Layman family he could die, or at best never walk or talk again, that he’d remain in a vegetative state.
This was not the case for Layman. Now 26, he’s click for full article
Liberty Mutual Insurance is running a campaign highlighting Olympic athletes past and present. Each athlete’s story illustrates the campaign’s theme that every setback in life also affords an opportunity for a come back.
Two former CMC students, Katie Uhlaender and Chris Klug, are among the athletes featured in the campaign. To see Klug’s feature, click here. Many are already familiar with Klug’s inspiring story. A three-time Olympic snowboarder who also has eleven US National Snowboarding titles to his name, Klug, an Aspen resident, won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics less than two years after receiving a liver transplant. He went on to create the Chris Klug Foundation to promote organ & tissue donation and improve the lives of those touched by donation.
Uhlaender’s feature focuses on her comeback after a disappointing performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in her sport of skeleton. Uhlaender, a part-time Breckenridge resident, lost her father to cancer shortly before the 2010 Games and lost her focus in her grief. The RISE campaign features her return to her mental game for Sochi, and her intention to race to honor the memory of her father. Uhlaender is in fourth place heading into the final two rounds of the Olympic women’s skeleton competition in Sochi, currently a mere .11 seconds out of the medal contention. The final two rounds take place on Friday, February 14.
Josh Loubek is a 1996 graduate of CMC. Boise’s Idaho Statesman recently featured an article on Loubek and his pioneering work as an athlete and judge for ski slopestyle and ski halfpipe events. Loubek is currently in Sochi judging both events for the Olympics. This article was first printed in the Feb. 10 Idaho Statesman. By Chadd Cripe.
Boisean trying to help grow skiing worldwide.
Josh Loubek of Boise was one of the first people to ski like a snowboarder.
Now he’s playing a key role in taking that idea global as the head judge for the new men’s and women’s ski slopestyle and ski halfpipe events at the Sochi Olympics. His first event is women’s ski slopestyle Tuesday.
“I’m really excited for the world to get to see the sport,” Loubek said. “We always joke when we’re talking to people about what we do — at the very end, they say, ‘Oh, so you’re a snowboarder.’ Click for full article
Josh Loubek judged the U.S. Freestyle Grand Prix in Park City, Utah in January 2014. He is a head judge for the ski slopestyle and ski halfpipe events at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Photo: Josh Loubek.
Design Training Center opens in Rifle
This article first appeared in the Citizen Telegram. By Beth Shaw and Jill Ziemann
GarCo Sewing Works, a new enterprise from Colorado Mountain College’s Customized Business Services and Go2Work program, held its open house May 31 in Rifle. Shown here: Lynne Jammaron (GSW Board member and volunteer), Dave Bartlett (GSW Board member), and Jordan Callier (GSW Volunteer Web Master) watch student Angelica Hendricks demonstrating one of the sewing machines.
In these challenging times, we are thrilled when any opportunity comes along that brings a promise of providing new skills, or launching new careers or, better yet, potentially starting an entirely new industry. In the GarCo Sewing Works, we believe we’ve found a grand tapestry for all these threads to come together.
GarCo Sewing Works is a design training center in the Henry Building in downtown Rifle. It is also an entrepreneurial learning lab for aspiring small business owners who have some design ideas and need a vehicle to get those ideas to Read more
Colorado Mountain College‘s #17 college ranking and pilot snowsports job certification program were highlighted in ColoradoBiz’s recent article on the Sports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show, an annual gathering of retailers, athletes, media and snowsports manufacturers showing off their latest gear. The 2014 SIA show kicks off Jan. 30. Full article below.
For the past four years, a mass migration has made its way from the mountains to the Mile High City for the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) annual Snow Show, where retailers explore stock for the upcoming season, manufacturers peddle their latest and greatest innovations, and likeminded athletes, reps, media and more convene.
Now going on year five at the Colorado Convention Center, Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 marks SIA’s 60th anniversary, and David Ingemie, president of the nonprofit, member-owned trade association predicts a “booming sense of optimism” at this year’s Snow Show, after a click for full article
CMC Culinary Institute graduate Geoff Suk worked at the renowned Keystone Ranch shortly after graduation. He’s also been employed as Denver Bronco’s owner Pat Bowlen’s personal chef for a decade. The Summit Daily News recently featured an article on Suk, his work for Bowlen, and his dream to open a brewery. The article is reprinted below. By Jessica Smith.
While thousands of fans watched the Broncos play the New England Patriots at the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High last Sunday, Geoff Suk was one of the few with an angle from a private box; specifically, that of Pat Bowlen, the Broncos’ owner. Suk is Bowlen’s personal chef, a Read more