Who calls Steamboat home: Verne Lundquist
Who calls Steamboat home? Everyone from ranchers and Olympians to families and everyday locals enjoying everything our community has to offer. We even have our token celebrities, who settle here for the same reason everyone else does — Steamboat’s great small-town community and access to the outdoors, including the world-renowned slopes of Steamboat Ski Resort. Here’s a little more information about token local Verne Lundquist, whose voice you might recognize.
You’ll have to excuse longtime local Verne Lundquist if he’s a hair busy; it’s college football season, and he’s in full swing calling plays for the SEC games on CBS.
Lundquist began his career as the radio voice for the Dallas Cowboys before working for ABC Sports and CBS. Inducted into the National Sportscasters Association’s Hall of Fame in 2007, he’s called everything from Jack Nicholas sinking a must-make shot to the Super Bowl, and even the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan dispute during the 1994 Olympics, the highest-rated Olympic broadcast of all time.
While the award-winning sportscaster might have a cameo in “Happy Gilmore,” he’s never happier than when he’s at home in Steamboat, where he’s lived with his wife, Nancy, since 1984.
“I learned to ski here in 1971 and fell in love with the place,” he says. “Then I played in a golf tournament here in 1975, which was my first experience here in summer. I vowed then to move to Steamboat.”
After marrying Nancy in 1982, they made the move from Dallas, where he was calling NFL games with Terry Bradshaw. “So, we’re almost locals,” says Vernquist, who, with Nancy, won town’s Philanthropist of the Year award in 2012. “I was first attracted by the area’s beauty, but then I fell in love with the people here. I love that we’re a vibrant ranching community that’s also home to a world class ski resort and countless Olympians, who are our real celebrities.”
At 76, Lundquist is showing Olympian-resilience himself on the mic, recently winning an Emmy for his broadcasting. Listen for such tell-tale phrases as “How, do you DO!” or “Oh My Goodness!” on big hit plays this season, and look for him to return to his beloved Yampa Valley and the ski slopes of Steamboat once the year’s final touchdown is scored.
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