halfpipe http://aspenpublicradio.org en Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/road-sochi-aspens-torin-yater-wallace-preps-olympic-games <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aspen athlete </span>Torin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Yater-<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wallace</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is heading to the Olympics next month and, he’ll be ushering in a new discipline: Ski </span>Halfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The 18-year-old has been a standout ever since he began training with the local ski club in grade school. This season, he’s coming back from injuries suffered early in the season but, he says he’s feeling confident about the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:17:24 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13458 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games Road to Sochi: Documentary Highlights Dangers of Extreme Sports http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/road-sochi-documentary-highlights-dangers-extreme-sports <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Olympic Games get closer, the competitions are heating up. The Aspen-area athletes competing in ski racing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and </span>freeskiing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will find out soon whether they’ve made Team USA.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some local athletes compete in the </span>halfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> like </span>snowboarder<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gretchen </span>Bleiler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>freeskiers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Torin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Yater-Wallace<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Alex </span>Ferriera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Skiing </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">H</span>alfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a new discipline at the upcoming Olympics. Just like many competitions, this event can be dangerous and even fatal. A new documentary features 2010 Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;who crashed during training and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:17:09 +0000 Marci Krivonen 12552 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Road to Sochi: Documentary Highlights Dangers of Extreme Sports Road to Sochi: Freeskier Alex Ferreira Hopes to Make Team USA http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/road-sochi-freeskier-alex-ferreira-hopes-make-team-usa <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aspen native Alex Ferreira was asked to be on the U.S. Ski Team before he graduated high school. The 19-year-old </span>freeskier<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> competes in the </span>halfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the 2014 Olympics would be his first. Right now, he’s splitting his time between training, competing and studying. He’s enrolled in college in Utah, and he says it keeps his life balanced. Aspen Public Radio's Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:30:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 10703 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Road to Sochi: Freeskier Alex Ferreira Hopes to Make Team USA