August 17, 2016 – Coloradoans Performing Well in Olympics

Updated: August 17, 2016

The United States garnered their first-ever medal in the Women’s 1500 meters at the Olympics in Rio last night. And they did so thanks to former University of Colorado Buffalo Jenny (Berringer) Simpson. Simpson was 6th heading into the final lap before finishing strong clocking a time of 4:10.53. You can read more courtesy of (click here). Simpson has been training with Emma Coburn, another former Buff, who also took bronze on Monday in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase. Like Simpson, Coburn’s finish was the first-ever medal for the Unites States in the event. In the process, she reset her own American record in the event clocking a time of 9:07.63. You can read more courtesy of (click here).

Several other track and field athletes have performed well in Rio. Adams St. alum Boris Berian finished 8th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:46.15. He qualified 6th for the finals so his final run was a bit disappointing. Current CU Buff Jeremy Dodson placed 34th in the men’s 200 meters. He was .17 out of qualifying for the semifinals of the even clocking a time of 20.51 seconds. Air Force Academy alum Cale Simmons placed 28th in the pole vauly at 5.30 meters. Competing for Suiname, two Adams State Grizzlies represented their home country. Jurgen Themen finished 8th in Heat 7 of the preliminaries clocking a time of 10.47 seconds. He competed in the same heat as eventual gold-medal winner Usain Bolt. Sunayna Wahi finished 8th in Heat 4 clocking a time of 12.25 seconds in the preliminaries. She ran against eventual bronze-medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Buena Vista native Mason Finley placed 11th in the discus with a throw of 62.05 meters.

Gymnastics saw two University of Denver Athletes compete. Simona Castro represented her home country of Chile. She finished 52nd in qualification with an all-around score of 51.399. She also failed to qualify for the individual event finals in her first-ever Olympics. Jessica Lopez represented Venezuela in her 3rd consecutive Olympics and made the finals in both the all-around and the uneven bars. She finished 7th in the all-around, after qualifying in 14th. She improved her score in the all-around by more than a point (read more here courtesy of She also finished 6th in the uneven bars, only 0.233 points off the podium (read more here courtesy of Both were career-best finishes in international competition for Lopez.

Espen Kofstad also represented the University of Denver and his home country of Norway in the men’s golf competition. Kofstad shot an opening round 72 (+1) followed by a round 2 76 (+5). He did far better on the weekend shooting rounds of 69 (-2) both days en route to a 286 (+2) and a 43rd place finish.