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Mikaela Shiffrin named 2023 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year

Mikaela Shiffrin’s local legacy keeps getting larger.

The Vail skier was named the Colorado Sportswoman of the Year for the sixth time on Sunday at the Sportswomen of Colorado’s 50th anniversary banquet, padding her status as the organization’s most decorated athlete.

Shiffrin earned the award for her historic 2023 in which she passed Lindsey Vonn for the most World Cup wins in women’s skiing history in January, and then broke Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record two months later.

The 29-year-old finished 2023 with 93 victories, seven more than Stenmark and 11 more than Vonn. The Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Famer credited her mom, ­Eileen Shiffrin, for being “the coach who has probably been most impactful in my career, and not only that, without a doubt she’s been my greatest supporter.”

“It’s so meaningful for me to be recognized as Sportswoman of the Year, again, this year on the 50th anniversary,” Shiffrin said in videotaped remarks played at the banquet. “Colorado’s had such a long history of incredible athletes across all sports that have paved the way for my generation, and for future generations to come.”

Shiffrin was one of 41 honorees at Sunday’s banquet, where awards were doled out to athletes of the year in a wide variety of sports as well eight special awards. Two athletes earned their third career awards to earn induction into the Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame: Colorado Mesa University’s Marissa Gallegos and heptathlete Anna Hall.

Gallegos, a Jefferson High School alum, capped an undefeated season in March by winning the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championship at 123 pounds to become CMU’s first women’s wrestling national champion. Hall, a Valor Christian product, won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in August.

2023 Sportswomen of Colorado Honorees

Sienna Betts – Basketball – High School (Grandview High School)
Jaylyn Sherrod – Basketball – College (University of Colorado)
Addison Ritzenhein – Cross Country – High School (Niwot High School)
Morgan Manley – Diving – High School (Denver East High School)
Carol Whipple – Duathlon – Masters
Saylor Swanson – Flag Football (Arvada West High School)
Logan Hale – Golf – High School (Erie High School)
Morgan Miller – Golf – College (University of Colorado)
Monica Lieving – Golf Long Drive – Professional
Lauren Burt – Gymnastics – High School (Lakewood High School)
Jessica Hutchinson – Gymnastics – College (University of Denver)
Betty Nelson – Lacrosse – High School (Columbine High School)
Sam Thacker – Lacrosse – College (University of Denver)
Jaleesa Himka – Ninja Warrior (University School of Colorado Springs)
Erika Manilla – Racquetball – Professional (Denver Athletic Club)
Nicki Fraser – Soccer – High School (Rock Canyon High School)
Shyra James– Soccer – College (University of Colorado)
Sophia Smith – Soccer – Professional (Portland Thorns FC)
Addie Osborne – Softball – High School (Erie High School)
Kenzie Middleton – Softball – College (Colorado Christian University)
Sahvanna Jaquish – Softball – Professional (Team USA)
Madison Mintenko – Swimming – High School (Pine Creek High School)
Quinn Bernthal – Tennis (Fairview High School)
Emma Stutzman – Track and Field – High School (Pomona High School)
Hannah Miller – Track and Field – College (Colorado School of Mines)
Anna Hall – Track and Field – Professional
Maïra Carreau – Triathlon – College (University of Denver)
Steph Popelar – Triathlon – Masters
Delaney Russell – Volleyball – High School (Valor Christian High School)
Carter Booth – Volleyball – College (University of Wisconsin)
Persaeus Gomez – Wrestling – High School (Pomona High School)
Marissa Gallegos – Wrestling – College (Colorado Mesa University)

Special Awards

Brihanna Crittendon – Most Promising (Riverdale Ridge High School)
Lorne Donaldson – Contribution to Sport (REAL Colorado Soccer Club)
Kirstie Ennis – Most Inspirational
McKenna Hofschild – Career Achievement (Colorado State University)
Zoe Martin – All-Around (Colorado Academy)
JR Payne – Joan Birkland Leadership Award (University of Colorado, Basketball)
Scott Stocker – Dorothy Mauk Pioneer Award (Sports Journalist)
University of Denver Lacrosse Team and Head Coach Liza Kelly

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