Oral History: Fran Belibi and the Dunk Heard Round the World

When Fran Belibi began playing basketball during her freshman year at Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School, she wasn’t aware that women almost never dunk. That naïveté served her well. During a January 2017 game against Grand Junction High School, the then sophomore became the first female to throw down in a Colorado high school game. After the contest, which Regis won, the dunk became a viral sensation, with many designating Belibi as the future of women’s basketball. (Her hype went supernova this

The Coolest Outdoor Recreation World Records Held By Coloradans

Oldest Person to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro On July 20, Vail resident Fred Distelhorst, age 88, became the oldest human to climb Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro. Distelhorst, a retired orthodontist, hiked up the 19,341-foot mountain with his granddaughter in just six days. Most Pistes Skied in Eight Hours No one has finished more “pistes” (groomed runs) in eight hours than Coloradan Jim Harlan and Vermont native Larry Olmsted, who partnered to schuss 64 ski runs at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Ma

Why We Should Be Grateful for the Rockies

On Father’s Day this past June, in the same house where I grew up, my mother and I sat down to watch one of the most memorable Colorado Rockies games of the season. Third baseman Nolan Arenado hit for the cycle—including a walk-off home run—to cap a comeback win and improve the team’s record to 46-26. The Rockies were off to the best start in franchise history, but my mother and I were still skeptical. As Rockies fans since the team’s inception, we have trained ourselves to expect staggering sl

The Other World-Renowned Kobe

Kobe Paras had never heard of Omaha when Creighton called this past summer. He spent the first 15 years of his life in the Philippines before moving to Los Angeles to chase a basketball scholarship. At the time, Creighton was just one of dozens of prominent basketball programs in pursuit of the high-flying 6-foot-5-inch tall guard. Creighton head coach Greg McDermott had coveted Paras since he first spotted the native Filipino while recruiting his high school teammate. Paras had committed to UC
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