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Even though the Olympics are over Aspen cross country skier Simi Hamilton is preparing for his next race. The U.S. Ski Team has about three more weeks of competitions. Many of them are World Cup races. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with Hamilton in Finland, where he was taking a break from training.

Hamilton's one of four athletes from Aspen who competed in Sochi. The 26 year old is planning to compete in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

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This week marks the end of our Road to Sochi series. For 22 weeks, we’ve followed a dozen local athletes as they worked their way toward competing in the Winter Olympics. Most didn’t make it because of injuries and fierce competition. Still, four athletes are there, competing for Team USA. Today we take a look back at the twelve athletes and their quest for an Olympic chance.

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Figure skater Jeremy Abbott, 28, began skating at the Aspen Ice Garden when he was two years old. Later, his family moved to Colorado Springs so he could train. This season is the four-time national champion’s last. In January, he set a record high score at the U.S. Championships in Boston. This will be Abbott’s second time at an Olympics. He told Aspen Public Radio in December that his broad range of abilities gives him an edge.

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The four Aspen-area athletes competing in the Winter Olympics arrive in Russia this week as the country prepares for opening ceremonies on Friday. Security in Sochi has been closely scrutinized after two suicide bombings killed 34 people in another Russian town in late December. And, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory last month for Americans traveling to the Games. Still, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee says security is being handled well by Russian authorities. For local athletes and family members traveling to Russia, safety is something they’re thinking about. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Aspen’s Simi Hamilton made history Tuesday in the Nordic skiing world. The 26-year-old ski racer won a race in Switzerland that all but secures a spot on the US Olympic team.

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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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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.