Paralympic Games

Mountain Edition
3:28 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Mountain Edition - March 13th, 2014

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The Paralympics are underway in Sochi and eight athletes who train in Aspen are competing. We highlight one skier who was born without a femur...and another who races in a mono-ski.

APR Local News
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Military Veteran Says Skiing Helped Him "Get His Life Back"

Chris Devlin-Young ski races in a mono-ski. He trains in Aspen and at age 52, he's one of the older competitors at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
Credit Marci Krivonen

At 52 years old, Chris Devlin-Young is one of the oldest alpine skiers competing in the Paralympics. A military plane crash years ago paralyzed the part-time Aspen resident from the knees down. Now, he competes in monoskiing and has four Paralympic medals to his name. This year, he’s hoping to add to that medal count. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Born Missing a Femur, Athlete Aims to Medal in Sochi

Alpine ski racer Melanie Schwartz is racing for the United States in Sochi. The Canadian native has duel citizenship and raced for Canada at the Vancouver Games. She trains in Aspen.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Alpine skier Melanie Schwartz will race for Team USA at the Paralympics but, she’ll do it on just one leg. The part-time Aspen resident was born without a femur, but started skiing at a young age. This will be her second Paralympics, but her first competing for the United States. In 2010 she raced for Canada. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

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Mountain Edition
3:28 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Mountain Edition - March 6th, 2014

Today, we’ll bring you the latest with the investigation into the murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister.

Republicans and Democrats are whittling down the contenders for state and local elections this fall.

Aspen’s first recreational pot shop starts selling buds… and we find out how much Carbondale has made on marijuana taxes.

And we hear from a Paralympic coach who arrived in Sochi this week. With the international tensions in nearby Ukraine, we’ll hear how safe athletes are feeling.

APR Local News
9:44 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Training Program for Adaptive Athletes Scales Back Due to Cuts

The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club's adaptive program is fundraising to make up for losses earlier this year. Federal grant dollars that normally fund the program didn't materialize this Fall.
Credit teamavsc.org

A training program for paralympic athletes in Aspen is in need of funding. Federal dollars that once paid for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s adaptive program ran out this fall. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs supplies the money and amounts for clubs like AVSC usually range from $250,000 to $500,000 dollars per year.

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