Two Coloradans compete in ‘The Bachelorette’ |

Two Coloradans compete in ‘The Bachelorette’

ASPEN ” Colorado had two residents competing in the latest season of the ABC reality television show “The Bachelorette,” but only one made it past the first episode.

Ben Sands of Aspen and Andy LeRoy of Steamboat Springs were among 25 men trying to win the affections of 28-year-old Jen Schefft of Chicago as the show began its third season Monday.

Schefft gave Sands a red rose Monday, extending his stay. LeRoy was sent home.

LeRoy, 29, competed in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano in skiing and was asked to audition for the show after his mother submitted an application on his behalf to appear on ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

Sands, 26, works as a bartender and ski instructor while running a small business. His photo was distributed to media outlets after a drink he invented, the Aspen Sugar Daddy, was named the official cocktail of Aspen. A producer for “The Bachelorette” saw his picture in a magazine, and ABC asked him to try out.

Sands wouldn’t say how the show ended.

The first season ended with Trista and Ryan Sutter, of Vail, engaged. They wed in 2003.

“I went into the whole process skeptical that it was the way I was going to meet my future wife,” said Sands. “But I figured worst-case scenario, it would make for a good story.”

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