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Bowling and other recreational activities help strengthen the relationships of couples such as Bo Balcomb and Janet Goslin, of New Castle. Post Independent/Kelley Cox
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NEW CASTLE – For Bo Balcomb and his girlfriend, Janet Goslin, lover’s lane takes on a whole new meaning. “We bowl together for fun – she’s a much better bowler,” said Balcomb, a managing partner of Burning Mountain Bowl in New Castle. “Yeah, right,” said Goslin, Burning Mountain’s bowling manager.Goslin and Balcomb may not have initially struck up a conversation on the lanes, but it didn’t take them long to realize they were a match for his bowling business.”We met while working at a bar in Lafayette,” said Janet, a Florida native. “I was about to move back to Gainesville.”Balcomb said Goslin was driving to the area every weekend while living in Lafayette, so he hired her as bowling manager and to help tend Burning Mountain’s sports bar.”She has a long history of sports management – she has a master’s degree in it,” said Balcomb, who grew up in the Glenwood Springs area. “She was a perfect fit.”

Although the couple doesn’t have a lot of time to spare outside of work, they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities together.”We do some skeet shooting, and we have a Pomeranian and German short-hair that we spend a lot of time with outside. We like getting them out to stretch their legs,” Balcomb said. “I just signed up for flying lessons because we’ve been flying with a friend of ours’ dad. I’m going to try and get her into it – she’s not ready yet.”Goslin said she enjoys watching movies, bartending and hiking with Balcomb while he hunts.”He likes to go hunting and I like to walk with him,” she said.”We go pheasant hunting,” he said. “She’s not much into killing things.”Janet Tharp, of New Castle, said it was her husband Ham’s eagerness to share his appreciation of skiing that helped bring the two together.”I was trying to learn how to ski and a bunch of guys and girls who worked there (at Aspen Sanitation) went skiing at Snowmass,” said Janet, who married Ham on June 19, 1994, in Redstone.

Not only do Janet and Ham enjoy skiing, mountain biking and hiking together, but they also share enthusiasm for another sport. A lifelong hockey player who grew up in Aspen, Ham’s passion for the puck influenced Janet to take on the sport a few years ago.”When we were first married, she wasn’t interested in hockey. I did a lot of officiating,” said Ham, who coaches the Glenwood Springs Ice Queens, the women’s hockey team on which Janet, Ham’s sister, Amanda Stephens, and 73-year-old mother, Heather Tharp, plays.”My sister and my mother finally convinced Janet to play,” he said. “She has since fallen in love with it.”Ham said he gets a kick out of watching his wife take on a sport he loves. She wears No. 43 in honor of the age she learned to skate and play hockey.”It’s so cool to watch her pick up the sport and find this thing all on her own,” said Ham, who has coached the Ice Queens for three years. “I’ve seen her make tremendous improvements just playing with the Ice Queens.”Not only do Ham and Janet have a player-coach relationship on the ice, but the two have faced off in uniform while playing in the co-ed hockey league at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.”It’s kind of comedy of errors, but we ended up on two different teams,” he said. “Luckily, the co-ed team is a lot of fun – it’s mostly lighthearted and fun. I wish we were playing together this year.”



Janet, who is attending Mesa State College this year, said being married to her hockey coach doesn’t get her any special treatment on the ice. But, she does get to spend more time with her husband.”It works out for us because when we travel, we’re together,” Janet said. “For a lot of girls on the team, they’re leaving their families. We get a room together and we have dinner together.”The couple’s player-coach and husband-wife relationship is a win-win situation, said Janet.”He doesn’t boss me around because I don’t allow myself to be bossed around. Then it wouldn’t work,” she said. “I just learned (how to play hockey), so anything he has to teach, I need to learn. Obviously he likes teaching, because that’s how we met. “It just kind of evolved.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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