SportsAthlete of the Week


Athlete of the Week: Colorado Springs native Canyon Barry

The Cheyenne Mountain alum is competing for Team USA at The XIX Pan American Games in Chile
Posted at 10:31 PM, Oct 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-20 00:31:50-04

Disclaimer: This is sponsored content. All opinions and views are of Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group and does not reflect the same of KOAA.

The XIX Pan American Games 3x3 Basketball competition begins this weekend in Chile. Team USA is led by Colorado Springs native, Canyon Barry.

The Cheyenne Mountain alum found out he made the national team earlier this month and said he never takes representing our country and the 719 for granted.

Basketball is in the Barry family's blood and Canyon said he took a few tips from his dad, NBA legend Rick Barry, ahead of the tournament.

Plus, Canyon is confident in his teammates and their ability as he'll play with the same squad that represents USA Basketball as "Team Miami" on the FIBA 3x3 Men's World Tour.

"Our team has been working really hard all year on the professional circuit playing under the USA banner with Team Miami," Barry said. "To now be able to switch out those jerseys for the USA ones means a lot, it's the same goal every time you put on those letters."

The goal is to bring that gold medal home with hopes of earning an automatic bid to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Barry's team will find out their Olympic fate on November 1st, but first Team USA open with Group A to play against Mexico and El Salvador on Saturday. The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday.

About Athlete of the Week

News5 works to honor the high school Athlete of the Week throughout the school year in our Tuesday evening newscasts. We’re looking for that special teen who is working hard and playing right all while making parents and coaches proud.

Nominate your Athlete of the Week today! See our current and past athletes of the week, click here.