Team Colorado is ready for Paris! This page will list everything you need to know to as a member of Team Colorado at the Gay Games.
In order to broaden participation by Coloradans, Team Colorado offers a scholarship program to support athletes in need. Scholarships of up to $1000 will be awarded to help defer some of the costs of travel and participation. All are welcome to apply. The priority deadline to apply was March 15th, applications will now be reviewed on a rolling basis. Click here for the application form.
This year, Team Colorado has tech-fabric polo shirts available for purchase, as well as collectable lapel pins for trading (a long standing tradition at the Games!). We will wear these uniforms for the opening ceremony as we march in as a state and for other Team Colorado events. The polo shirts (both unisex and women’s cuts) cost $25 and will be available for pre-order until May 23rd. After this, sizes and styles will be limited, and price will increase to $30. Check here for more information on the uniforms, and then go to our online store to place your order.
Lapel pins are also available for purchase. Trading pins with athletes from around the world is a tradition dating back to the beginning of the Gay Games. Pins cost $2/pin for 1-9 or $1.50/pin for 10+, and are available in the online store.
Remember to Submit your Physical
All athletes are required to provide documentation from a doctor of their ability to compete safely. The deadline to submit this form is June 30th, through the Paris 2018 registration portal. More information is available on the Paris 2018 FAQs webpage. An English language version of the document can be found here.
Team Colorado Gay Games Events
We will be hosting several events in the lead up to the Games to build excitement and camaraderie among Team Colorado athletes, and then during the Gay Games. This list will be continually updated with more details; join our Facebook group, and subscribe to our mailing list for updates.
Similar to the Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Gay Games Opening Ceremony is not to be missed! On Saturday August 4th, we will begin to gather at 4:00pm in front of the Jean Bouin stadium. City/state/country teams will then processes into the Jean Bouin stadium starting around 5:00pm. Make sure you you have picked up your accreditation badge before the ceremony! After the procession, the rest of ceremony will include live entertainment, speeches, the athletes’ oath, and more. The Jean Bouin stadium is near the Porte d’Auteuil (#10 Orange Line) and Porte de St Cloud (#9 Goldenrod Line) metro stops as well as many bus lines.
Cheer on your teammates! Please send your competition event schedule to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can distribute this information to the team and build up your cheering section. Check out a current schedule of when Team Colorado athletes are competing.
We are organizing a visit to see Claude Monet’s home and gardens in the small village of Giverny, about 50 minutes northwest of Paris on Sunday August 5. These gardens are instantly recognizable as the subject of his Water Lilies series. The current plan is to take the train from Saint Lazare train station to the neighboring town of Vernon, and then take the shuttle buses to Monet’s home. If you are considering joining us, email email@example.com to let us know.
We will start off at 11am seeing some of Monet’s most famous works at the Musée Marmottan Monet in downtown Paris. Then, we take the metro to Gare Saint Lazare; if you’d like to skip the museum, meet us at Gare Saint Lazare at around 1:45pm. We will board the 2:19pm train from Gare Saint Lazare to Vernon-Giverny. A 15 minute taxi (or shuttle bus) ride will take us to his home and gardens. This should give us plenty of time to take in the sights, and perhaps grab a bite to eat in Giverny or see the Giverny Museum of Impressionism. We’ll return on the 6:51pm train, arriving back in Paris at 7:42pm.
The total price for tickets to the two museums and transportation will come to about 50€ (11€ Musee Marmottan, ~20€ train if bought in advance, ~10€ taxi/shuttle bus, 9.50€ Monet House and Gardens). We suggest buying tickets ahead of time to save significant time and hassle in lines. Everyone is responsible for purchasing their own tickets. Please leave additional time to arrive at the train station early, since trains will leave precisely at their scheduled time.
11:15 -13:00 Musee Marmottan Monet
13:15 – 13:45 Metro 9 Goldenrod towards Mairie de Montreuil, Metro Stops From: La Muette To: St. Augustin
13:45 – Meet at Gare Saint Lazare (Train Station)
14:19 – 15:05 TER train to Rouen Rive Droite, to Station Vernon-Giverny (2nd stop)
15:05 – 15:20 Taxi from Vernon to Giverny (or take shuttle bus: 15:15 – 15:35))
15:30 – 18:00 Monet Home and Gardens
18:10 – 18:30 Bus to Station Vernon-Giverny (+ maybe dinner in Giverny); 5 km walk
18:51 – 19:42 – TER Train to Gare Saint Lazare
Tickets and More info:
Musee Marmottan Monet
- 11.00€ adult, 7.50€ for students under 25 or reduced
- 10:00-18:00, last entrance at 17:30
Claude Monet Foundation (House and Gardens):
- 9.50€ adult , 6.50€ student (18-25 years old)
- Open 9:30-18:00 , last entrance at 17:30
- 84 Rue Claude Monet, Giverny
- Print ticket or electronic ticket, or wait in line
- Will cost ~10-15.00€ each way; should buy Return trip ticket for round trip
- Buy from ticket window if your card is not chip & pin, or online in advance
- Advance tickets available here: https://www.trainline.eu/search/paris-st-lazare/vernon-giverny/2018-08-05-14:00/2018-08-05-18:00
Vernon to Giverny Shuttle, or Taxi
- 10.00€ round trip by shuttle bus , 5.00€ one-way
- Make sure you bring cash!
- ~15.00€ one way by taxi
- Could also bike or walk, but it is about 6km between the train and the home
Giverny Museum of Impressionisms
- 99 Rue Claude Monet, just down the street from the Monet House
- Should be free since first Sunday of the month;-
- open 10am to 6pm, with last admission at 5:30pm