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Kailyn Forsberg wins Sportswomen of Colorado Spirit Award

 

Kailyn Forsberg wins Sportswomen of Colorado Spirit Award

Paralyzed freeskier Kailyn Forsberg wins Sportswomen of Colorado Swede Johnson Spirits Award.

The color drains from Kailyn Forsberg’s face. Her mom asks the question again.

“What do you mean you didn’t write a speech?” Kimberly Forsberg says.

The gentleman across the table leans over and says everyone has to give a speech. “Hey Kailyn, how’s your speech? Do you need a pen and paper?” asks her dad, Mitch.

“You guys stop. Are you kidding? Tell me you are kidding,” says 16-year-old Kailyn, grabbing for the wheels of her chair, ready to make a hasty exit when the 42nd annual Sportswomen of Colorado awards banquet swung into action Sunday evening at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

“You guys stop. Are you kidding? Tell me you are kidding,” says 16-year-old Kailyn, grabbing for the wheels of her chair, ready to make a hasty exit when the 42nd annual Sportswomen of Colorado awards banquet swung into action Sunday evening at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

Katy Perry’s “Roar” filled the room as an action-packed video highlighted the athleticism of 45 of Colorado’s top athletes, coaches and teams. The exceptional women were shown running, blocking shots, spiking balls, scoring goals, sinking buckets and racing across finish lines with arms high. The joshing with Kailyn is forgotten as Kimberly and Mitch dab at welling tears.

“It’s just hard to see all those girls running and using their legs,” Kimberly says.

In between awards for champion lacrosse players Bridget Sutter and Lucy Dikeou , Kailyn rolls her wheelchair up to the stage and accepts the Sportswomen of Colorado Swede Johnson Spirit Award, which host Marcia Neville says she earned with her “incredible drive and her incredible inspiration.”

SPECIAL REPORT: Kailyn’s Spirit

A year ago, Kailyn was tracking toward an award for her stellar lacrosse play or her freeskiing. A naturally gifted athlete since elementary school, Kailyn seemed destined to some day drape her neck with a prestigious Sportswomen of Colorado medal. […]

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