In partnership with 9News and Bank of the West, the “Top 9” is a statewide video and photo award contest looking back at the greatest Colorado sports moments of 2012.

Videos and photos were submitted and will now be voted on by the public. The event culminates with a red carpet awards ceremony that reveals the winners and celebrates all levels of Colorado sports. The award ceremony is Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 and available at Top9Moments.com.

“The great thing about Top 9 is that every person, every team, and every player has a memorable sports moment. Some are well known, but others are seldom seen,” said Jean Galloway, Local Organizing Chair of Denver Sports Top 9 Moments, “We want to relive and honor such remarkable moments such as we saw in the inaugural year with Missy Franklin’s 1st world record, seven year-old Asher Cohen’s winning ring routine and Matt Prater’s two 50-yard game winning field goals,” Galloway said.

The public is asked to go to Top9Moments.com to review the finalists and vote for a winner, which will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Denver Sports Top 9 Moments Finalists

Top Youth Individual Moment – 10 years and under presented by VISIT DENVER
o Tyler Kippes Riding at Jeff Stockton Bullriding Benefit/Canon City
o JT’s Vertical Jump While Stealing a Base
o Green Valley Giants – the Myles 2-step

Top Youth Individual Moment – 11 – 18 presented by IMA
o Missy Franklin – 2012 Olympic Swimming
o Blake Firchau – Youth Bull Riding World Finals
o Joshua Kosloski - Taekwondo

Top Youth Team Moment – 10 years and under presented by Shelter Insurance
o Spartak Bicycle Kick Wins U-10 Championship Game
o Niwot 5th Grade Boys Basketball Championship
o No Such Thing as a Free Kick – The Crushers U-10 Soccer Team

Top Youth Team Moment – 11 – 18 presented by Pepsi
o Valor Christian Wins its Fourth Consecutive Title
o Round the Horn Spectacular Save – The Chatfield Cyclones
o Playing in the Rain – The Fort Morgan Mustang JV Football Team

Top Amateur Adult Moment - 18 years and older presented by Denver Sports
o Janay De Loach – US Olympian Long Jump
o Lance Brooks – US Olympian Discus
o Taylor Ritzel – US Women’s Rowing (Eights) – US Olympic Gold Medalist

Top College Moment presented by Stonebridge
o Metro State’s Jasmine Cervantes Records Program’s First Ever Triple Double
o Regis University 3-Time RMAC Soccer Championship
o DU - Nicholette DiGiacomo Winning Goal to Send Denver to 3-2 Overtime Win Over No. 4 Maryland

Top Pro Moment presented by Galloway Group
o USA Pro Challenge – Rocky Mountain Battle to the Finish
o Denver Nuggets – Top Moments Playoffs 2012
o Peyton Manning - Signing with Denver Broncos

Top Inspirational Moment presented by Xcel
o Wesley Summer – Silver Creek Football Manager
o Scotty Lubkeman - Golden High School
o Kati Kicked Cancer

Vote for your favorite Colorado sports moment at Top9Moments.com.

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About VISIT DENVER and Denver Sports
Denver Sports is an affiliate of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau – the official marketing arm for the City of Denver, charged with marketing Denver as a convention and leisure destination for the economic benefit of the city. Denver Sports focus is to draw premier domestic and international sporting events to the Denver market to elevate sports and energize lives. For more information, go to visitdenver.com/denversports.