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Readers Say Thanks

Dear city of Glenwood Springs,I would like to thank everyone for your continued support of my cycling career and for recognizing my accomplishments as an athlete and member of the community. As you all know, I started my dream of becoming a professional cyclist on the roads of the area and many of my most cherished memories come from growing up in such a great place. No matter what any misinformed journalist may write, my hometown will always be Glenwood Springs, Colorado.It would be impossible to thank all of the people that have helped me along the way, but I would like to say that Glenwood is never far from my thoughts. I realize that many faces and things have changed since I lived full time in the area, but I still believe that it is a terrific place to live and raise a family. With my hectic schedule of travel, I am sorry that I wasnt able to get back to Glenwood this year to personally accept this honor, but as my lifespan as a professional cyclist winds down, I am sure that I will be back soon to enjoy all that our hometown has to offer.As a young man growing up in Glenwood, I knew at a very young age that I would soon have to take my show on the road and travel to Europe in order to further my career as a cyclist. I could never have done that without the tremendous support I received from everyone in the area and especially the school board and all my teachers. As I look at my bronze medal that I won in Athens over the summer, I hope these people feel as much pride as I feel at this moment.While I was a senior at GSHS, I had a meeting with our principal, Mike Wells, about how we were going to make this long-term goal of racing in the Olympics a reality. At the time, I was shooting for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and being so close to the year that I graduated in 1990, my coaches were pushing me to gain experience during the school year. We discussed this in detail and once we came to an agreement, he pulled me aside and said something that until this summer haunted me. He said, Bobby, this is a great opportunity for you and you have the full support of the school board and all your teachers. The only thing that I hope for is that when you are standing on the Olympic podium, you put on a GSHS hat.Of course it has been a long time since he spoke those words to me, but when I missed the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000, I felt like I had let him and all the others that supported me down to some extent. So you can imagine the thrill I felt not only to represent my country and community in the 2004 Olympics, but to stand on that Olympic podium with a bronze medal around my neck. I experienced many emotions over my trials and tribulations, finally getting to the Olympics, but none were sweeter than standing on that podium. Sorry, Mr. Wells, I wasnt able to wear that hat, but just to let you know, I was thinking about you and all the others that supported me from the beginning.Bobby Julich Nice, France

I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the many friends, family, and local businesses that pulled together for me recently.The news spread fast after being diagnosed with a large tumor on my neck. The cost of the surgery was staggering, and along with being out of work for other medical reasons, I was at a dead end.The kindness and determination from my family, friends, and the Glenwood community was truly a miracle. It wouldnt have been possible without the efforts and help from the following: My daughter Shannon and son Tyler, brother Ron Bates, Barb and Parker Hille, Mina Bolton, Linda Paglia and Tonys Pizza, Paula Bergman, the Weist family, the Liston family, Kathryn Blake, Rory Martinez, Estella, Gissella, John Comerford, Dick Rose at the UPS Store, Aveda at Flatiron Mall, Sacred Grounds, Body & Soul, Night & Dance, Qdoba, Pit Stop, Wal-Mart, Daily Bread, the Springs Theatre, Village Inn, Glenwood Springs Brew Pub, Book Train, Through the Looking Glass, Ingrids Bakery, Yampah Spa, For You Shop, Rite Aid, Glenwood Caf, and a special thanks to the Glenwood Eagles and staff for hosting the benefit.Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!Kathie PagliaGlenwood Springs

We wish to thank all of our children, grandchildren, family and friends for making our 50th wedding anniversary a very special day! Thanks to everyone who sent cards and gifts. God bless!Dick and Judy SimmsRifle

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