The Road to Sochi

APR Local News
5:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Road to Sochi: Aspen's Wiley Maple Working Toward Olympics

Wiley Maple was invited to join the U.S. Ski Team right out of high school. Since then, he's been training hard with the hopes of making the 2014 Olympic team.
Credit John Ohail/oakley.com

As the Winter Olympics inch closer, we’re continuing to highlight the Aspen-area athletes who are training for the Games. Ski racer and Aspen native Wiley Maple is a speed demon. Last year, he was clocked going 95 miles per hour down a snowy course. But, Maple is more than just a skier, he loves art. During slow times at competitions, you can find him sketching to pass the time. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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The Road to Sochi
3:12 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Road to Sochi: Athletes Face Fierce Competition to Land a Spot on Olympic Team

Officials at the USSA say competition between athletes vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team is fiercer than ever before.
Credit Oliver Kraus/USSA

Our series continues this week with a look at how winter athletes are chosen for the U.S. Olympic team. The competition is fierce. Athletes who train together often become competitors. There’s a set of guidelines athletes must meet to grab one of a handful of open spots in each event, whether it’s cross-country team sprint, snowboard half-pipe or alpine super-G. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen talked to Tom Kelly with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, or USSA, about the process.

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