Sochi

Road to Sochi
4:53 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Road to Sochi: Nordic Ski Racer Simi Hamilton Sprints toward Olympic Spot

Nordic ski racer Simi Hamilton is one of the fastest sprinters in the United States. He started skiing in Aspen at age two.
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Nordic ski racer Simi Hamilton is one of the fastest sprinters in the United States. He clocks speeds up to 55 miles per hour when he flies across snowy courses. Since he was named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2010, he’s done well both nationally and in World Cup races. Now, Hamilton is training to make the 2014 Winter Olympic team. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with the Aspen native during some rare downtime.

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Road to Sochi
4:57 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Road to Sochi: Michael Ward Trains for Spot on Nordic Combined Olympic Team

Aspen athlete Michael Ward competes in Nordic Combined. It's an event that combines ski jumping with nordic skiing.
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Today, we look at one of three Aspen-area athletes who competes in cross country skiing. Michael Ward is one of the youngest on the US Nordic team. He’s just 20-years-old. Still, he’s hoping to beat the older competition so he can land a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Road to Sochi
6:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Road to Sochi: Athletes in Aspen Prep for Paralympic Games, also in Sochi

The Paralympic Games will be held in Sochi, Russia one month after the Olympics. Seven athletes who train in Aspen will likely compete.
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Not all of the athletes who train in Aspen will be heading to the Olympics, some will compete in the Paralympics, which are also held in Russia. These Games in March feature events like alpine skiing, biathlon and wheelchair curling.

Seven athletes on the U.S. Paralympic National Team train in Aspen. And, they’ve got a good shot at making the Paralympic team. Kevin Jardine works with the U.S. Olympic Committee and helps out in Aspen, with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s Adaptive Program. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

The Road to Sochi
4:28 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Road to Sochi: Local Athlete Training for New Olympic Event, Snowboard Slopestyle

Snowmass Village resident Jordie Karlinski is training for a new event in the 2014 Winter Olympics: Snowboard Slopestyle.
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Our Road to Sochi series takes a look at the Aspen-area athletes training and competing this fall in hopes of making the 2014 Olympic team. Today, we take you to an extreme snowsports course, one with rails and big jumps. It’s new to the Olympics, but competing in Snowboard Slopestyle is something Jordie Karlinski has been doing for years. The petite 24-year-old is hoping this year, she’ll be throwing tricks in Sochi, Russia. 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.
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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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