The Sweet 16 round of The Denver Post’s Greatest Athlete in Colorado History championship bracket came to a close Wednesday, leaving a salty taste in some stars’ mouths as the field drops to just eight. Here’s a look at the results and a preview of the third round:
Under the Sun quadrant
- 1. Nolan Arenado (53.28%) d. 5. Todd Helton (46.72%)
The closest matchup in the tournament, Arenado narrowly beat out Helton to punch his ticket to the next round.
- 2. Larry Walker (76.44%) d. 3. Goose Gossage (23.56%)
- 1. Nolan Arenado vs. 2. Larry Walker
It’s an all-Rockies affair in the quadrant final as the best third baseman in the game faces Colorado’s first-ever Hall of Famer.
- 1. John Elway (87.45%) d. 4. Floyd Little (12.55%)
- 7. Terrell Davis (66.79%) d. 11. Shannon Sharpe (33.21%)
- 1. John Elway vs. 7. Terrell Davis
They stood played next to each other, leading the Broncos to championship runs with Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII, but now we’ll see who has captured more Colorado’s hearts.
Water and Ice quadrant
- 1. Peter Forsberg (59.91%) d. Lindsey Vonn (40.09%)
Vonn, the sole female athlete remaining in the tournament, had a strong effort but fell short of toppling Forsberg.
- 3. Joe Sakic (55.91%) d. 2. Patrick Roy (44.09%)
- 1. Peter Forsberg vs. 3. Joe Sakic
A battle between the top two centers of the Avs’ golden age, it’s Peter the Great going against Super Joe.
In the Arena quadrant
- 1. Chauncey Billups (69.30%) d. 5. David Thompson (30.70%)
- 2. Alex English (58.73%) d. 3. Jack Dempsey (41.27%)
Dempsey was the last remaining combat athlete in the tournament.
- 1. Chauncey Billups vs. 2. Alex English
It’s a match between Denver royalty. The King of Park Hill goes against the player who scored more points than any player in Nuggets history.
The Elite Eight starts now. Tap here to vote.
— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post
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