Sochi

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.

Over the Top in Sochi

Feb 8, 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.

Valley Roundup - February 7th, 2014

Feb 7, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.

The Aspen Times’ Andy Stone and Aspen Daily News’ Carolyn Sackariason join us this week to discuss:

The death of a friend; Stewart Oksenhorn chose this week to take his own life.

The snow that keeps on coming; the wet heavy kind.

Aspen goes after homeowners who rent out their place and don’t pay any lodging tax.

The TSA goes fast-track at Aspen Airport.

Casa Tua is off the hook for its big-pour to a local drunk.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – Tracking the local Sochi connection. Also, robots writing poetry; the horror, the horror.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Simi Hamilton's Family Arrives in Sochi

Feb 7, 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.

Former Aspenite Bart Garton in Sochi

Feb 7, 2014
Bart Garton

2/4/14 - I’m finally on track with my bio clock to sit down and write a bit.  The jet lag actually hasn’t been that bad, as I bravely decided to not have any beers on the 9 hour plane ride to Frankfurt (though they were free, and on Lufthansa the free beer is Warsteiner).  Instead, I took a few power naps and did brain puzzles instead of watching any new release movie I wanted on the plane’s individual video-on-demand system…amazing.  After a 3 hour layover in Frankfurt, the next flight was really nice: half full, with extremely friendly supermodel flight attendants.

Sochi via Istanbul

Feb 5, 2014

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.

Leary O'Gorman

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.

Ready to Go - Heading to Sochi

Feb 3, 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.

Aspen Sends Four Athletes To The Olympics in Sochi

Jan 29, 2014
Marci Krivonen

Aspen’s sending four athletes to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the community gathered Wednesday, to send them off. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was at the event at the Gondola Plaza. She filed this report.

"Welcome to our 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic send-off for our local Olympians!"

Chris Klug, a three-time Olympian, hosted the ceremony. A sizable crowd gathered under light snow while Klug introduced the four Olympic athletes.

"We extend sincere congratulations to Jeremy Abbott, Simi Hamilton, Noah Hoffman and Torin Yater-Wallace," he said.

Facebook/Straighten Out The Rainbow Campaign

Aspen’s mayor and other city council members will be sporting a rainbow at Wednesday's Olympic send-off celebration. The mayor agreed this week to wear a t-shirt protesting Russia’s anti-gay law. As Marci Krivonen reports, a Carbondale artist designed the shirt.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Carbondale artist Brad Reed Nelson spoke up during the citizen comment period.

"I’ve started a program called Straighten Out the Rainbow and it’s a program to bring attention to what’s going on in Russia with the anti-gay laws."

Jack Dempsey/AP

Aspen athlete Chris Klug knows a thing or two about participating in the Olympics. The three-time Olympic snowboard racer no longer competes but fondly remembers his time on the international stage. Klug defied the odds, earning a bronze medal in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City after receiving a liver transplant. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen sat down with him recently to talk about what the rising stars in snowsports can expect in Sochi.

U.S. Ski Team

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.

alpine.usskiteam.com

The Aspen area athletes vying for a spot on Team USA are competing in Olympic qualifying contests. Months of training lead up to this time of the year when athletes throw their best tricks and ski as fast as they can. But for some, the season is cut short because they get hurt. That’s the case for ski racer Wiley Maple. The 23-year-old was anticipating competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. As he explains, the setback is difficult but somewhat common in the world of sports. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Maple.

www.xgames.espn.go.com

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.

Carbondale Company Protests Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

Dec 20, 2013
Board By Design

As winter sports athletes prepare for the Olympics in Sochi, attention is being focused on Russia’s new anti-gay laws, enacted earlier this year.  While some activists are calling for a boycott of Sochi, others hope to draw attention to the discriminatory law.  A small furniture design company in Carbondale has come up with a creative way to get its point across. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Marci Krivonen

The 2014 Winter Olympics are less than two months away and local athletes are preparing. Ski racer Alice McKennis has a good shot at making Team USA if she can overcome a serious injury. Earlier this year the New Castle native crashed at a race in Germany. Late last month in Copper, she made some serious headway. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

On a recent cold day in Copper, ski racer Alice McKennis suits up. She buckles her boots, puts on a back protector and dons a tight-fitting speed suit.

Twitter/Alex Ferreira

Aspen native Alex Ferreira was asked to be on the U.S. Ski Team before he graduated high school. The 19-year-old freeskier competes in the halfpipe and the 2014 Olympics would be his first. Right now, he’s splitting his time between training, competing and studying. He’s enrolled in college in Utah, and he says it keeps his life balanced. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

usskiteam.com

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.

megolenick.com

Twenty-five year-old Meg Olenick  grew up skiing in Aspen, trailing her two older brothers. When they started doing tricks at the terrain park, Olenick followed suit. Soon, she was competing in slopestyle skiing around the world. The discipline is new to the Winter Olympics in 2014 and Olenick wants to be part of history in the making. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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