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CU Anschutz Community: Get Ready to Vote, STAT!

  • What you need to know: Chancellor Don Elliman reminds the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus community of the importance of voting and provides resourceful answers to a list of common questions as election day nears.

Faculty, staff, students and the CU Anschutz community,


Author Staff | Publish Date September 22, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Students

Colleges Battle COVID-19 but Also the Budget Hit of Canceling Sports

  • What you need to know: COVID-19 protocols for collegiate athletics vary from canceled seasons to games with over 10,000 fans. The decision making has placed student-athletes in a difficult position: play it safe with the pandemic or pursue their life-long dreams.

In spite of a global pandemic, many colleges and universities across the United States are gearing up for the fall football season. While this slice of normalcy may be comforting, it could also come at an enormous cost – the well-being of the student athletes.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date September 16, 2020
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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19

Dental Faculty to Reintroduce Oral Health Preventive Services to the Most Vulnerable

  • What you need to know: Drs. Deidre Callanan and Tamanna Tiwari, of the CU School of Dental Medicine, have a passion for community dentistry and population health. They will spend the next year consulting with the Colorado Association of School-Based Health Centers. They will work on reintegrating existing dental preventive practices that were suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer guidance on the next level of preventive dental care.

Marcus’s mouth was a mess.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19    Faculty

‘Past the Pandemic’ Supports the Mental Health of Frontline Healthcare Workers

The past six months have affected everyone, but particularly the people working the front lines in healthcare. By doing their jobs of providing care to others during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also at a high risk of feeling stressed and anxious, among many other emotions. It is critical that healthcare workers know where to go if they need help when feeling this way and have support at no charge to get them through this difficult time. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19

Center Offers Outlet for Physical, and Emotional, Rejuvenation

  • What you need to know: The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has reopened in a gradual, phased-in fashion. Masks are required inside the center, where almost all of the 30,000 square feet of fitness areas have reactivated, including limited studio use for group classes and the reopening of the pool and hot tub.

Exercise is one of the best coping mechanisms during stressful times, so it’s good news for those seeking a “semblance of normal” amid the pandemic that the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) has reopened.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 11, 2020
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Community    Colorectal Cancer

Chadwick Boseman's Death Shines 'Unfortunate Light' on Young-adult Cancer

  • What you need to know: As fans worldwide mourn actor Chadwick Boseman’s death, the “Black Panther” star’s quiet battle with colon cancer has raised the volume on a longtime message from CU doctors. Boseman’s case illustrates issues surrounding the persistent annual rise in young-adult colorectal cases and deaths in the country.

Chadwick Boseman’s all-too-early death has cast the spotlight on a trend University of Colorado School of Medicine doctors have been heralding for nearly two decades. Colorectal cancer, the disease that took the acclaimed actor of “Black Panther” fame, no longer falls in the old-person’s disease bucket.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 04, 2020
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Innovation    Education    Community

Making Science ‘Cool and Fun’

  • What You Need to Know: Think Like a Scientist is a nonprofit mentoring program staffed by CU Anschutz graduate-student volunteers and serving elementary students in Aurora. The program, launched by an immunology faculty member, shows children from diverse backgrounds that science is fun and that anyone can become a scientist. NOTE: All photos in this story were taken last year or earlier. 

Francesca Manzella, MA, recalls the profound letdown. A high school guidance counselor said her dream of becoming a scientist was beyond her reach. “She discouraged the idea, saying I would be in school too long.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 31, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19    Diversity

Diversity Director Vows a United Front and Lasting Moves Toward Change

CU Anschutz 360 talks to Regina Richards, PhD, MSW, new associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity, inclusion and community engagement at the Anschutz Medical Campus, and CU medical student Stephanie Nwagwu about this inflection point in American history – the demand for lasting change in social justice, health equity and access to opportunity.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 25, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Woman Duo Creates COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program

Editor’s note: “Our COVID-19 Fighters” is an occasional series highlighting the ways the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community is helping patients and the wider community in the fight against the pandemic. We welcome your story ideas; please share them here.

In an effort to keep their campus safe, two women on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus joined forces in creating a program aimed at preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in their community. So far a success, the pair’s model has gained attention from campuses across the state.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 14, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19

Check-in Points Help Keep Campus Safe, Open

Just five days into his stint as a COVID-19 checkpoint worker, PhD student Dan Sisler had the system down pat.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 11, 2020
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Research    Community

Podcast: Mental Health Challenges Facing Refugees

“People in my culture, even my family, wouldn’t have sought mental health treatment, and that’s one of the reasons why I got into the mental health field. I experienced it myself," said Phoutdavone Phimphasone-Brady, a refugee from Laos, who grew up in Kansas. Phimphasone-Brady shared how her firsthand experience with mental health stigma sparked her passion for her work as a clinical psychologist in a recent special edition of the Mind the Brain podcast. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date August 04, 2020
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Education    Community

CU Begins Implementation of New Title IX Rules

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued new guidelines for how universities and K-12 schools will investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct allegations beginning Aug. 14.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 31, 2020
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Community

Podcast: The Impact of Racism and Discrimination on Mental Health

The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others shocked so many out of complacency, catapulting the Black Lives Matter protests into the forefront of people’s minds. Many are still struggling with how to best support the Black community, as well as others who experience racism and discrimination in their daily lives. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has also added immense unexpected stress to everyone’s lives. The events of the past several months make the significance of July being Minority Mental Health Awareness Month more important than ever. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date July 29, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Faculty

From Selfies to Being Seen: Doctor Honors Women of Color on Front Lines

In the early days of the pandemic, when many people worried about where to find toilet paper, Sarah Rowan, MD, had deeper concerns. Rowan appreciated the sudden spotlight on frontline medical providers ­– they graced magazine covers and even large murals – but she noticed something was missing.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 21, 2020
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Patient Care    Community

CU-Backed Bill Aimed at Curbing HIV Infection

A bill approved this month and backed by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences pushes open the door to highly effective HIV-prevention drugs, potentially curbing infection for the state’s most at-risk citizens.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 04, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Program Connects Students With COVID-19’s Most Vulnerable

Editor’s note: “Our COVID-19 Fighters” is an occasional series highlighting the ways the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community is helping patients and the wider community in the fight against the pandemic. We welcome your story ideas; please share them here.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 30, 2020
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Community

Regina D. Richards Named Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

Editor's note: This announcement from CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman was published June 22 in his Chancellor's Communiqué.

Dear colleagues:

It is my privilege to announce the appointment of Regina D. Richards, PhD, MSW, as Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, effective July 1, where she will focus on expanding our initiatives both on the campus and in the community with primary drivers of health equity, outreach and support.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 23, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    Community    COVID-19 Podcasts

Podcast: Researchers Devise Creative Ways to Share Sun Safety During COVID-19

Just as the Colorado Melanoma Foundation (CMF) was tuning up its Sun Bus for a second summer of large-event visits across Colorado, the coronavirus pandemic brought life to a standstill.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 10, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Controlling the Chaos: Expert Offers Tips on Shielding Our Minds

Eruption of civil unrest in cities across the country has dealt society a double blow. Already immersed in a pandemic-driven world of uncertainty, fear and insecurity have been compounded with feelings of injustice, anger, sadness and despair.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 02, 2020
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Education    Community

AmeriCorps, Mentors Shape Soon-to-be Grad’s Next Mission

As an AmeriCorps volunteer, Rachel Steinberg knew she wanted to work with Native American communities. Now, preparing to graduate with her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), Steinberg is set to continue her mission of serving vulnerable populations.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Research    Community    COVID-19

Colorado School of Public Health Leads the Charge in Modeling the Impact of COVID-19

When Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) needed to respond to the rapidly worsening COVID-19 pandemic, they needed data and projections of the pandemic’s course based upon Colorado data.  A team was quickly assembled by the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) to collaborate with CDPHE on epidemic modeling—the basic approach for generating the needed information for decision-making.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 05, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

We Are In This Together

A strong spirit of giving among the community has helped carry an important message at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – that we are all in this together.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 28, 2020
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Patient Care    Community

Share Your COVID-19 Fighter Stories

In the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CU Anschutz healthcare professionals, researchers, faculty and staff, as well as countless students, are on the front lines, rallying to protect our health. They are true heroes.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Joins Rapid Response to State's Pandemic-based Needs

Within two days of being asked to launch a testing site for face shields by the state’s newly formed Innovation Response Team Task Force, CU Bioengineering Distinguished Professor Robin Shandas, PhD, and nearly 200 volunteer researchers and students stood ready.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Collects Truckloads of Supplies for Front Lines of Pandemic

Amid a growing crisis-level shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus stepped up to collect critical supplies for the healthcare professionals on the front lines of the pandemic.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 27, 2020
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Education    Community    COVID-19

Expert Offers Tips on Staying Productive, Keeping Morale High While Working Remotely

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. What are the best practices for working remotely? Should you get dressed in at least semi-presentable work clothes, for instance?


Author Shawna Matthews | Publish Date March 26, 2020
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Community    COVID-19 Podcasts

Making a Map in Uncertain Times: Tools and Support for Students During COVID-19

With our students and residents facing unique stressors in the efforts to treat and slow the spread of coronavirus, Matt Vogl of the National Mental Health Innovation Center sat down with campus experts Rachel Davis, MD and Robert Rosenthal, PhD, to map out some COVID-19 coping mechanisms for our community.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 20, 2020
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Community    COVID-19 Podcasts

We Got This: First Responder Stress and Resilience for COVID-19

As our First Responders rise to the demands of combating coronavirus, Matt discusses their particular issues of stress and resilience around COVID-19 with Steven Berkowitz, MD and Laura McGladery, PMHNP. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 20, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Stigma and Discrimination Against Asian Americans on the Rise

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has interrupted daily life as we know it. For Asian Americans, however, this virus has brought more than just social disruption and a lack of paper products. Incidences of stigma, discrimination and occasionally outright violence have erupted across the world.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 20, 2020
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Research    Community

Czars, Spirits and St. Patrick's Day: What's the Connection?

Like scientists around the world, Boris Tabakoff, PhD, has searched for years for that genetic reason some people regularly over-imbibe when drinking alcohol and others do not.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

What to Do in the Event of an Active Harmer

Michael Bear, director of Emergency Management at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, says three simple actions can be taken to save your life: run, hide and fight. Bear, joined by CU Anschutz Police Chief Randy Repola, discussed important steps to take to be prepared if you are faced with an emergency situation. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

As Strategic Planning Unfolds, CU Anschutz Leans Into the Future

Leaning Into the Future, CU’s strategic planning process, is roughly halfway to completion, as the effort that began in early summer 2019 moves toward a July presentation to the Board of Regents and implementation expected in the fall.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Education    Community

‘You Are Not a Hothouse Flower’

Lilly Marks, vice president for Health Affairs at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, knows career discomfort.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 10, 2020
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Education    Community    COVID-19

COVID-19 Reshapes Annual Pandemic Response Simulation

As the genuine virus continued its spread across the globe, 165 medical students hunkered down in multiple Education 2 North and South rooms, focused on preventing the same (but mock) COVID-19 virus from becoming a pandemic.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 06, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    Community

CU Partners With Salud to Open Clinic in Aurora

The University of Colorado School of Medicine joined Salud Family Health Centers on Friday, February 28, to celebrate the grand opening of a new federally qualified health center in Aurora that will serve community residents who depend on Medicaid for health insurance.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 03, 2020
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Research    Community

Advocates Gather at the State Capitol to Talk Public Health

Students, faculty, and staff from the Colorado School of Public Health joined members of the public and representatives from the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) under the rotunda for Public Health Day at the Capitol. The annual event, co-sponsored by ColoradoSPH and CPHA, gives public health supporters an opportunity to learn how to advocate for bills, meet their legislators, and see the law-making process in action.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 27, 2020
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Education    Community

'It's Not Your Fault': CU Anschutz Students Talk With Teens About Mental Health

Armed with colorful graphics, jars of beads and pieces of string, a team of University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus students filed into a high school classroom on Valentine’s Day, prepped to lead their younger counterparts in a class-wide project. Their mission that day, however, had nothing to do with hearts. At least in the Cupid sense.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 25, 2020
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Community

Journalist Launches ‘Back From Broken’, a Recovery Podcast

Vic Vela is intimately familiar with demons. He’s spent much of his life wrestling with depression and addiction. He sabotaged himself for years with drugs, alcohol and other self-destructive behavior. He once begged for mercy when confronted by an angry, gun-wielding drug dealer.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 18, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

Pet Your Furry Friend – And Take Care of Your Heart – This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day. It's the day of the heart and everything associated with this most vital organ – love, longing, health. That thumping organ in your chest is the veritable timekeeper – and emotional center – of your life.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 13, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

Enhanced SafeZone Network Makes Campus Even Safer

If you look carefully, you might see them: white Tic-Tac-sized plastic boxes dotting room walls and hallways across the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The devices may be inconspicuous, but they are powerful tools that help keep the campus secure. 


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 11, 2020
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Education    Community

Why Did Our Neurosurgeon Go To Washington?

If you thought you were hopelessly hooked on American politics, Jeremy Hosein, MD, can do you one better. Hosein, a senior neurosurgery resident at CU Anschutz, traded his hospital scrubs for a pressed suit and moved east, finding himself exactly where he wanted to be – in the trenches of U.S. healthcare policy.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 06, 2020
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Education    Community

What You Can Do to Keep Your Kids From Vaping

As a mom and physician, I know a lot of information is circulating about vaping and the dangers it poses to children. For an overview of the problem, please read this article that explains what parents need to know about this rapidly growing threat to kids’ safety.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 28, 2020
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Press Releases    Community

Voting and Polling Center Coming to CU Anschutz

Voting just got easier for members of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community, as well as for residents living in close proximity to the campus. A new, on-campus Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) will be open March 2-3 for the Presidential Primary Election. In addition, a 24-hour drop box will be available on campus, starting on Feb. 10, for ballot drop-off.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 27, 2020
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Education    Community

Wishing for a Healthy, Happy Holiday? Check Out These Tips

This month, many in our community will be gathering to bake together, give gifts and light candles. Holiday celebrations are fun and often center around great food and gatherings of many friends, family and coworkers. The social activities are so important for children and adults alike — social connection is good for your physical and emotional health


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 05, 2019
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Patient Care    Education    Community

CU Anschutz Grant Will Train Students to Prescribe Drugs That Fight Opioid Addiction

As the nation struggles with a persistent epidemic of opioid addiction, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is taking a critical step that will allow its graduates to better treat patients and save lives.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 21, 2019
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Education    Community

CU Anschutz Stands With DACA Students and Their Families

The next several months may be unnerving for some of our campus community, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since 2012, roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children have been protected from deportation by DACA, which enables access to education and work visas for many young undocumented immigrants.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 15, 2019
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Research    Community

Fashion Show Raises $2.5 Million for Down Syndrome Research

Down syndrome is the least-funded major genetic condition in the United States. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation strives to change this pattern by holding a variety of events – its most high-profile being the “Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show” – to raise awareness and funds for research.  


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date November 07, 2019
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Campus Life    Community

New Primary School Taking Advantage of Proximity to CU Anschutz

A recent visit by a group of 3- and 4-year-olds to the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center exemplifies the kind of learning experiences a new independent school likes to offer its students.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 05, 2019
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Community

Hyatt Regency Donates $250,000 to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center, a hotel and conference center developed by Corporex Colorado in partnership with the City of Aurora and managed by Commonwealth Hotel Collection, LLC, donated $250,000 through the Fitzsimons Aurora Medical Campus Foundation, Inc. to eight medical campus entities including the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus health professional schools, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 21, 2019
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Community

Olympian. World Champion. NFL Player. Entrepreneur. Mental Health Activist.

Colorado native Jeremy Bloom has “lived both” his dreams in skiing and football. His accolades speak for themselves: a three-time World Champion, two-time Olympian and 11-time World Cup gold medalist in skiing, and drafted in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles. Bloom is the only athlete in history to ski in the Winter Olympics and be drafted into the NFL, and is the youngest member ever inducted into the US Skiing Hall of Fame. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 16, 2019
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