Local Olympians From the Past

The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing, with quite a few of our locals competing in Pyeongchang! It’s been amazing to watch athletes like Laurenne Ross and Ben Ferguson represent our country, our state, and even our little town on the world stage.

With the nation rallying around some of our friends and neighbors, we got to thinking about other Bend locals that have participated in Olympics of the past. We were delighted to find that Central Oregon has quite an impressive roster of Olympians! We’ve highlighted a few of them here:

Kiki Cutter

Kiki was born and raised in Central Oregon, skiing on "Bachelor Butte," as it once was known. She competed with the U.S. Olympic Ski Team at the Grenoble Olympics in 1968. She went on to become the first American to win a World Cup event-- a slalom race in 1968 in Oslo, Norway.

Kiki only competed on the World Cup circuit for less than three years, but her five career victories led the U.S. alpine team for eleven years! Well done, Kiki.

Ashton Eaton

Ashton's family moved to Bend when he was in fifth grade, and he graduated from Mountain View High School. He attended University of Oregon, competing in their decathlon program. There, he won the decathlon at the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship three times, breaking records.

Ashton holds the world record in both the decathlon and indoor heptathlon events, and won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He then defended his Olympic title in Rio 2016 by winning the decathlon gold medal and tying the Olympic record. Eaton is only the third Olympian to achieve back-to-back gold medals in the decathlon. Amazing!

Paul Hait

Although he wasn't from the Bend area when he entered into the Olympics, Paul has lived in the area for almost 40 years, and become ingrained in the Bend community. He is an Olympic champion, and former world record-holder! 

Paul won a gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He broke the world record in both the heats and the finals.

Paul currently lives in Bend, and has many interests and pursuits, including taking photographs of interestingly-shaped clouds.  


Mohini Bhardwaj

Although she, too, was born and raised outside of Central Oregon, Mohini currently owns and operates OOA Gymnastics right here in Bend! She is an artistic gymnast who competed at the 1997 and 2001 World Championships, and earned a silver medal with the American team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece! Not only that, but she is a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Mohini is the first hindu Indian-American gymnast, and the second Indian-American athlete in any sport, to medal at the Olympics. Kudos to her!

To all of the athletes competing: good luck! We have immense respect for what you do!

Romance On The Snow


Whether you love it or hate it, VALENTINE'S DAY is upon us! You don't have to buy flowers or candy, but remember that this is the time of year to remind that special someone that they are, well, special! 



  • Flowers
  • Candy 
  • Stuffed animal holding a heart
  • Tattoo of that special someone's name on your bicep
  • Tattoo of that special someone's face on your other bicep
  • A romantic mix CD (featuring Kenny G?)

OR: Trek out under the night sky, take in the sights and sounds of the forest while heading to a warm bonfire with hot drinks and dessert. If that sounds good to you, we can help!

Photo: Nate Wyeth

Photo: Nate Wyeth

So, do you want to impress that special someone with an amazing night? Want to go above and beyond the "Dinner and a Movie"? Check out our Romance on the Snow Bonfire Snowshoe event, scheduled for the night of February 14th! 

Flowers and candy are pretty great, too. But why not make some memories while you're at it (without getting a tattoo)?

Enter to Win a Bend Winter Adventure Getaway!

The recipe for a great winter weekend in beautiful Bend, Oregon? It's tough to narrow it down, but we think this sounds pretty great: 

+Two-night stay at the riverfront Hampton Inn hotel in the Old Mill District

+ Two days of skiing for two at Mt. Bachelor during the 2017/2018 season

+ A half-day Bend adventure for two at Wanderlust ToursChoose from snowshoeing, caving, brewery tours, canoeing, kayaking, or volcano tours!

+ $150 in Old Mill District gift certificates good for shopping, restaurants, and movies

+ $25 gift card to Strictly Organic Coffee

+ Two bottles of wine from Va Piano Winery

If you want in on this, just click here to share the ingredients for your favorite winter day, and you'll be entered to win. Don’t forget to use the tag #OldMillDistrict, or #WanderlustTours on social media so we can see all the amazing ideas you have!

The deadline is coming up fast! So hurry to enter before January 31, 2018 at 8 P.M.