Missoula mayor proclaims this Saturday Darian Stevens Day


At Monday's City Council meeting, Missoula Mayor John Engen signed a proclamation to recognize Saturday as Darian Stevens Day.

Stevens is an Olympic athlete from Missoula. She will compete in slopestyle skiing this Saturday, Feb. 17, in South Korea. It's her first trip to the Olympics.

The idea came from the board president of the Missoula Freestyle team, Michele Puiggari. She said she heard an NPR story about a town in Vermont that had sent the most athletes to the Olympics over the years.

"One of the things that resonated with me was the fact that the town embraced their Olympic athletes," said Puiggari. “One of the things that that town does is when somebody is named to the Olympics, the town celebrates it, the town has a parade, the town sends gift bags to inspire their athlete, and what I wanted to do was the same thing for Darian.”

Puiggari said they couldn't do a parade because Stevens had already left for Korea, but she reached out to Engen who suggested doing a proclamation.

“She has spent a lot of time and energy and hours to actually be an Olympian and she is an Olympian and our town should celebrated that. And Missoula is great at getting together and celebrating things for all kinds of entities and people and projects and we get really passionate about things,” said Puiggari.

Darian Stevens Day will be Feb. 17, the same day as her event is in the Olympics.

Stevens and Whitefish native Maggie Voisin are both competing in Slopestyle skiing this week. The women's Slopestyle final will air in the late slot Friday night on NBC Montana.

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