DENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced the recipients of the 2017 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals. Inaugurated by Executive Order and supported by all living Colorado Governors, the Medal is one of the highest honors bestowed upon citizens and organizations of Colorado for their meritorious contributions to the strength and vitality of the state. Gov. Hickenlooper and Quarterly Forum (QF) will present the Medals at the Governor’s Leadership Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the History Colorado Center.
“The Governor’s Citizenship Medal is a tribute to the idea that each of us, no matter our path, has the opportunity to make a significant impact on our state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These individuals and companies have helped push Colorado forward, inspiring others along the way.”
The 2017 Medal categories and recipients are:
1. Emerging Community Leader Taylor Phinney, American Cyclist, Boulder - This award recognizes a young community leader who has demonstrated professional excellence and positive impact on the community and serves as an example for future generations. Taylor Phinney is renowned for his laid back persona, tenacity on the bike and leadership among his international teammates.
The Colorado native is the son of two Olympians. His father Davis Phinney was the first American to win a road stage at the Tour de France. His mother Connie Carpenter won the first Olympic women's road race in 1984. Phinney followed in his family footsteps early in his career, making his Olympic debut at the age of 18 in Beijing. Four years later, Phinney won the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia, Italy's biggest race, and wore the coveted maglia rosa donned by the Giro's race leader. He's raced in the stars and stripes of the US national time trial champion. He's won bike races in Poland, Holland and UAE, Colorado, California and Utah.
A crash at 60 miles an hour during the U.S. National Road Championships left Phinney with a potentially career-ending fractured leg. Phinney was told by doctors he might never ride again. He rode. And he raced.