Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi
5:20 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Road to Sochi: U.S. Cross Country Team "Strongest Ever"

In late December, cross country skier Simi Hamilton had a career first. He claimed victory at a World Cup "stage race."
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History could be made at next month’s Winter Olympics in cross country skiing. Ski experts say the United States’ cross-country skiing team is the strongest it’s ever been. And, two of its members are from Aspen. This month, Noah Hoffman and Simi Hamilton learned they’re heading to Sochi. Hoffman specializes in distance racing. Hamilton excels in sprints. The United States hasn’t picked up a medal in cross-country skiing since 1976. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Road to Sochi
5:17 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Road to Sochi: Documentary Highlights Dangers of Extreme Sports

A new documentary called The Crash Reel opened in theaters in December. It details the crash and recovery of pro snowboarder and 2010 Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce.
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As the Olympic Games get closer, the competitions are heating up. The Aspen-area athletes competing in ski racing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and freeskiing will find out soon whether they’ve made Team USA. Some local athletes compete in the halfpipe like snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and freeskiers Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferriera. Skiing Halfpipe is a new discipline at the upcoming Olympics. Just like many competitions, this event can be dangerous and even fatal. A new documentary features 2010 Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce who crashed during training and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Mountain Edition - January 2nd, 2014

Colorado made history this week when retail marijuana stores around the state opened for business. People traveled across the country to stand in line at several Denver-area businesses.

Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, retail pot shops will open later this year. In the meantime, law enforcement is getting ready.

Aspen resident and Nordic skier Simi Hamilton also made history-- but in a totally different field. He’s the first American male to win a World Cup stage race. The win gets him closer to the Olympics.

Paying for health insurance is really expensive in the Roaring Fork Valley compared to most other places in Colorado. Now, Governor Hickenlooper says he may get involved in lowering premiums.

Garfield County believes the state did a bad job setting up the prices for those premiums. But some experts say insurance officials didn’t break the rules. We’ll hear from one expert who’s asking why medical care is so high in the Valley and other resort communities.

Finally, sometimes the the road to Sochi is especially difficult. Ski racer Wiley Maple’s efforts were cut short after an old injury flared up.

Road to Sochi
8:31 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Road to Sochi: Pro Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler Back on Snow After Serious Injury

Aspen resident and pro snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler is recovering from a serious eye injury. She's back on her snowboard and training for the Winter Olympics.
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As the Olympic Games inch closer, athletes are competing in qualifying events around the world. Professional snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler has her sights set on Sochi. This would be the last Olympic Games for the 32-year-old Aspen resident who’s already competed in two. This season, she’s coming back from a serious injury. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Mountain Edition
10:33 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Mountain Edition - December 19th, 2013

Congressman Scott Tipton looks back on 2013 and the legislation he supported. Our Roger Adams also asks him about 2014 - when campaigning goes into full swing for the next election.

Also today, figure skater Jeremy Abbott wants 2014 to be his Olympic year. He’s focusing his sights on Sochi. And, we caught up with where it all started: the Aspen Ice Garden.

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