NYPA Staff

NYPA Goes for the Gold!

HTWorthingtonOlympicsThis August, billions of pairs of eyes are glued to screens around the world watching their favorite events during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Everyone loves great athletic competition, but how many people can claim a direct relation to an actual Olympian? Julieanne Sullivan, NYPA’s Media Relations Manager for Economic Development, can claim several Olympians as part of her family!

Harry Thomas Worthington, Julieanne’s grandfather, was a nationally ranked track and field athlete during the early 20th century. His main event was the long jump, and in 1912 he participated in the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, placing fourth and narrowly missing his chance to earn a medal. Later, in 1915-16, Worthington was the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) long jump champion.

“He had a truly amazing life. The 1912 Olympics were just the beginning. My family was always so proud of him,” says Julieanne.

Additional stats on Worthington can be found here.

traceolympicsYes, you read that correctly. Media Relations Manager Julieanne Sullivan has an impressive Olympic lineage. In addition to her grandfather and 1912 Olympic track star Harry Worthington, Julieanne can also claim Trace “the Ace” Worthington as a cousin.

Trace Worthington enjoyed a spectacularly successful career as a freestyle skier. From 1986, when he won the aerials gold at the World Junior Championships to his retirement in the fall of 1997, he won 39 World Cup events, had 79 career podium finishes, was the World Cup Combined Champion three times and the World Cup Aerials Champion in 1995. His two gold medals at the World Championships in 1995 (aerials and combined), is an achievement never duplicated by ANY freestyle skier.

Trace also competed on two separate Olympic teams, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather Harry. Ski Racing Magazine named him Freestyle Skier of the Year from 1992 to 1995 and International Skier of the Year in 1993.

For more on Trace’s skiing career check out this Rolling Stone story from February, 1994 and his current Twitter page.

Stay tuned for more Olympians with a NYPA connection.