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6:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Aspen Mayor To Wear Shirt Protesting Russia's Anti-Gay Law

A Carbondale artist came up with this design for a t-shirt he's working to get Olympians to wear. It's meant to protest Russia's anti-gay laws.
Credit 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."

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Road to Sochi
5:39 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Road to Sochi: Olympian Chris Klug Fondly Remembers Games

Aspen resident Chris Klug has some advice for up and coming Olympic athletes: "have fun!" He's competed in three Olympics and survived a liver transplant.
Credit 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.

Road to Sochi
3:23 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Aspen's Simi Hamilton Claims Victory in World Cup Stage Race

Aspen resident Simi Hamilton made history Tuesday. He's the first American male to win a World Cup Stage. His victory in Switzerland improves his chances of making the U.S. Olympic team.
Credit 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.

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Road to Sochi
5:35 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Road to Sochi: Knee Injury Takes Aspen Ski Racer Out of Olympic Trials

Aspen resident and ski racer Wiley Maple is out for the season. He was working toward competing in the Olympics but an old knee injury flared up.
Credit 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.

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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.
Credit 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.

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