Two-Sport Paralympic Gold Medalist Allison Jones Inducted Into Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame

By Cady Lowery | Oct. 22, 2019, 4 p.m. (ET)

Allison Jones bikes to a gold medal at London 2012 
Allison Jones races to bronze in track pursuit at the London 2012 Games.

Paralympic cyclist and alpine skier Allison Jones was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at the Broadmoor World Arena on Monday, Oct. 21. The 2019 class marked the 20th annual induction of athletes, teams and contributors into a hall of fame that includes many star-studded names,
all of which either lived, trained or coached in Colorado Springs for some period.

“I know I’ve competed in the mountains, on the road, and against some of the world’s fastest women,” Jones said. “I was successful. I made it on the top of the podium more than once, but I was on top not just because I had a great day or that I was faster and luckier than my competitors. I was there because I had the support of my friends, my family and my community.”

Growing up in Olympic City USA, Jones started skiing at a young age, becoming an accomplished skier by age 14. Even then, she needed something to do in the summer. It was after the 1998 Para-cycling world championships in Colorado Springs that she found what would fill her time when she couldn’t ski the slopes.

She thanked her parents for encouraging her cycling career, in one way or another, and her sister for being her biggest fan.

“They encouraged me and taught me that I could do anything I wanted,” Jones said.

Her mother taught her how to use duct tape to keep her foot on the pedal, enabling her to learn how to ride a bike, while her father taught her how to lay carbon fiber, allowing her to build faster bikes and set world records.

Set world records and win gold medals, she did.

Jones is an eight-time Paralympian, participating in both summer and winter games. She began her Paralympic Games journey at just 17 years old at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in alpine skiing, where she earned two silver medals. She went on to compete in track cycling at Athens 2004 and continued to compete in the next six Games in either cycling or alpine skiing to bring her lifetime total to eight.

Jones’ stacked resume includes two golds, three silvers and three bronze Paralympic medals, while she also carries 22 medals from world championships, including 10 golds, four silvers and eight bronzes.

Upon her retirement in 2018, Jones was just the second American woman to earn gold medals at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games.

Jones joins goalball gold medalist and 2011 inductee Jennifer Ambruster as the only other Paralympian to enter the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.

She credits her elementary school P.E. teacher with treating her like every other child who wanted to play sports and remains grateful for all the support the Colorado Springs community has given her, beginning at a young age.

“I am the success of my community coming together behind a little girl who fell in love with skiing and cycling.”