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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1B RE GI00AL INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL OPINIONS UPCOMING EVENTS Photos courtesy Jonathan Copse},, Feather River College alum Jan Copsey competes in the 2013 USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin. Copsey won the cham pionship that year and is now training for the 2016 Olympic Games  De Janeiro. * -- J In addition to competitive cycling and training at the Olympic level, Jan Copsey also runs long-distance endurance races. Above, Copsey shows off some muscle during his first 50-mile ultra marathon. CHAMPIONSHJ ATIO00,00 Former FRC rodeo star named Alumni of the Yea Greg Knight Sports Editor sports@plumasnews,com hen Jon Copsey came to Feather River College as a member of the 2004,2006. vede eam,. he had no idea where his future would take him. In the end, it took him around the world a number of times and ended up changing his life in ways he might never have imagined. Copsey will be honored at this year's commencement ceremony May 22 as Alumni of the Year for 2015 a kudo earned after rodeo coach Jesse Segura nominated him for the honor and he was selected by FRC president Kevin Trutna. According to Trutna, the criteria for selection involves the former student being a success in life and acting as a role model for current students. "Jon's accomplishments really stood out as he served our country after graduation," Trutna said. "He then suffered a traumatic injury in the course of duty. Jon's background at FRC provided the framework and work ethic for achievements unrelated to" his college training as a rodeo athlete. He was chosen as an inspiration to our graduating class, demonstrating the personal strength and drive as he excels in his life?' After leaving FRC, Copsey joined the United States Marine Corps in the infantry cadre to fight for his nation in the Middle East. He was injured in 2008, suffering a traumatic brain injury. After leaving the war zone, Copsey was transferred to a Wounded Warrior regiment and discovered long-distance .- rn,ing as a.mns of therapy. ,, "He ended up running ultra marathons with distances of 50 and 100 miles," said Segura. "He cycled to do cross training for his running and fell in love with cycling." In his first year of competitive cycling Copsey completed an event called Race Across America and rode his bike across the United States in 11 days, 22 hours. He then tried out to be part the U.S. National Cycling Team and was named a six-time national cycling champion. "Jon now travels the globe and is currently ranked 7th in the world for cycling," Segura added. Copsey currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., residing at the Olympic Training Center where he is training for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De ' Janeiro. When it come to what Copsey believes made him tough enough for the Marines and a run at the Olympics, Copsey said it was Segura who had a lot to do with it. "I want to thank Jesse for making me pretty tough," Copsey said. "There were times in the Marines that I thought back to my time at FRC. You guys taught me a lot on how to be a tough son of a gun." Jan Copsey, center, won the 2012 USA Cycling National Championship.  : iii  :   i ,,i:i i'ili,  ii/ :, i/i!i iil Jon Copsey, right, attends the Marine Corps Ball at camp ................ Pendleton during his military service. He is flanked by fellow %',. Marines Sgt. Calvin Smith, left, and Sgt. Kyle Layer. Jon Copsey is the winner of the 2014 Criterium National Championship race in Madison, Wisconsin.