Jeremy Abbott

Trading Pins & Aspen in Sochi

Feb 15, 2014
Ruthie Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are very excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, “behind-the-scenes” look at the Olympics.

Trading pins is big business in Russia. Pretty sure mafia controlled. They love Al. We can't get more than 2 minutes through Olympic Park without being stopped for a trade or to get their picture taken with him… or both. Give him a few more weeks in Russia and he's sure he'll be fluent.

Leary O'Gorman

As the Olympic Games get closer, athletes like figure skater Jeremy Abbott are working hard to make Team USA. The three-time U.S. champion and Aspen native has yet to deliver on the world stage. Abbott wants 2014 to be the year he takes a medal. With only two spots open on the U.S. men’s figure skating team, the competition is tough. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.