White House Honors Community Member Davis Phinney

Spotlight On A Local Hero

Just a couple of weeks ago, a man from our community received an award from the White House. Davis Phinney, a Boulder resident and household name for bicycling lovers, was recently awarded the “Champion of Change” recognition for his dedicated work to the Parkinson’s community.

Phinney first became a notable figure for his cycling career. In 1984 he won the Olympic bronze medal. In 1986 he became one of the only Americans to have won a stage of the Tour de France. By the time he retired in 1993, he had secured over 300 victories.

In 2000, Phinney was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease. That did not stop him, though. Just two years later, he was carrying the Olympic torch as it came through Boulder on its way to Salt Lake City. He says that feeling of simultaneous hope and responsibility has carried with him through the years.

Another two years later, in 2004, Phinney founded the Davis Phinney Foundation to help people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease live their best lives. Just over a decade has passed, and that foundation has positively affected hundreds of thousands of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Phinney is a perfect example of how perseverance and hope can change not just your own life, but the life of your community. We are excited to acknowledge him for his untiring work to serve the Parkinson’s community, and are delighted that the White House is recognizing Phinney for his admirable efforts.

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