The Road to Sochi

Over the next few months we’ll Introduce you to home-grown athletes and what it takes to be at the top of their sport.

This year, ten athletes who trained in Aspen are vying to compete in Sochi. All of them are currently on national teams and are alumni of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, which has been training Olympians for decades. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Mark Cole, Director of the Club.

List of AVSC alumni who are currently competing on national teams. They're working to compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on February 7, 2014.

Alice McKennis

Katie Ryan

Wiley Maple

Jordie Karlinski

Gretchen Bleiler

Torin Yater-Wallace

Alex Ferreira

Noah Hoffman

Simi Hamilton

Michael Ward

Meg Olenick

Jeremy Abbott

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Road to Sochi
5:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Road to Sochi: Freeskier Alex Ferreira Hopes to Make Team USA

Nineteen year old Alex Ferreira is a freeskier from Aspen. He's hoping to compete in the Ski Halfpipe discipline in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Aspen native Alex Ferreira was asked to be on the U.S. Ski Team before he graduated high school. The 19-year-old freeskier competes in the halfpipe 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 Krivonen reports.

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Road to Sochi
5:49 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Road to Sochi: Nordic Ski Racer Noah Hoffman Preps for Olympic Games

Noah Hoffman is the men's top distance Nordic racer in the Country. If he makes the 2014 Olympic team, it'll be his first Olympic Games.
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With the Winter Olympics less than three months away, local athletes are competing in races that will determine whether they make Team USA. Ski racer Noah Hoffman is the top distance Nordic skier in the country. And, he’s preparing for upcoming races in Norway and Finland. The 24-year-old says he’s ready, after hundreds of hours of training this summer. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Road to Sochi
4:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Road to Sochi: Carbondale Freeskier Meg Olenick Follows in Family's Footsteps

Carbondale native Meg Olenick competes in Ski Slopestyle, a series of jumps and rails. The discipline will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia.
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Twenty-five year-old Meg Olenick  grew up skiing in Aspen, trailing her two older brothers. When they started doing tricks at the terrain park, Olenick followed suit. Soon, she was competing in slopestyle skiing around the world. The discipline is new to the Winter Olympics in 2014 and Olenick wants to be part of history in the making. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Road to Sochi
4:53 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Road to Sochi: Nordic Ski Racer Simi Hamilton Sprints toward Olympic Spot

Nordic ski racer Simi Hamilton is one of the fastest sprinters in the United States. He started skiing in Aspen at age two.
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Nordic ski racer Simi Hamilton is one of the fastest sprinters in the United States. He clocks speeds up to 55 miles per hour when he flies across snowy courses. Since he was named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2010, he’s done well both nationally and in World Cup races. Now, Hamilton is training to make the 2014 Winter Olympic team. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with the Aspen native during some rare downtime.

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Road to Sochi
4:57 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Road to Sochi: Michael Ward Trains for Spot on Nordic Combined Olympic Team

Aspen athlete Michael Ward competes in Nordic Combined. It's an event that combines ski jumping with nordic skiing.
Credit Facebook/Michael Ward

Today, we look at one of three Aspen-area athletes who competes in cross country skiing. Michael Ward is one of the youngest on the US Nordic team. He’s just 20-years-old. Still, he’s hoping to beat the older competition so he can land a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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