Cle Elum's Deneen recognized in state Senate

      13TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE -- Today the Washington Senate celebrated the achievements of more than a dozen participants in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, all with strong ties to the Evergreen State.

      Sen. Jana Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, led the Senate in recognizing two-time Olympian and 12-time World Cup moguls medalist Patrick Deneen from Cle Elum.

      "It is such an honor for me to be able to recognize such an accomplished athlete," said Holmquist Newbry. "Patrick's accomplishments both on and off the slopes continue to make Cle Elum and all of Washington proud, and I applaud him for his years of dedication and hard work."

      Deneen is a native of the Snoqualmie Pass area. He was raised in Cle Elum where he has been skiing since the age of 11 months.

      Nicknamed "The Rocket," Deneen began competitive skiing at the age of seven as an alpine skier and was a top-ranked junior in downhill. At age 15 he began the transition from alpine to freestyle and was named to the U.S. Junior Ski Team at 16.

      The two-time Olympian finished 19th at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC, and improved to 6th place at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

      Deneen's other career highlights include:
      12-time World Cup moguls medalist (one gold, five silver, six bronze)
      Seven-time World Cup dual moguls medalist (three gold, three silver, one bronze)
      2013, World Championships moguls bronze medalist
      2013, World Championships dual moguls bronze medalist
      2013, World Cup overall moguls third place
      2012, World Cup overall freestyle second place
      2012, World Cup overall moguls second place
      2012, U.S. silver medalist
      2011, U.S. champion
      2009, World Championships moguls gold medalist
      2006, Junior World Freestyle Championships bronze medalist