Three decades of fitness

New manager brings classroom, personal experience to facility

One week.

That is how long Jim Gregoire has been the new manager at Trapper Fitness,

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Three decades.

That is experience the 60-year-old brings to the facility.

Or as Gene Bilodeau, dean of Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus, puts it, Gregoire "brings a wealth of knowledge to Trapper and CNCC."

"He brings an educational background with his master's degree," Bilodeau said. "He brings his certification, and he brings an extensive background of managerial experience. Plus his interpersonal skills are also a huge asset."

Gregoire has a bachelor of science in recreation with a minor in exercise science from the University of Wyoming, and a master's of science in recreation, also from UW.

"I finally zeroed in on what I wanted in life. When you are done with college, you don't have to stop being an athlete."

Also part of his resume, Gregoire was a five-time Amateur Athletic Union state speed skating champion in the '70s as well as serving in the Vietnam War.

Outside of work, the muscular and physically fit Gregoire finds pride in talking about his wife of three years, Barbara.

"I have a beautiful wife," he said with a smile.

The couple resides in Milner. Barbara teaches fourth-grade in Steamboat Springs and sells her artwork at Summer Breeze Pottery in Milner.

"I'm happy," he said. "I think this will be the best job I've had and hopefully the last one I ever have. I'm a maniac. I'm what you would call an ongoing, frustrated jock."

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