U.S. Ski Team

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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APR Local News
11:54 am
Thu December 5, 2013

New Castle Ski Racer Alice McKennis Overcomes Severe Injury for a Chance at Olympic Games

Ski racer Alice McKennis is overcoming a severe leg injury and training for the U.S. Olympic team.
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.

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Road to Sochi
5:49 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Road to Sochi: Nordic Ski Racer Noah Hoffman Preps for Olympic Games

Noah Hoffman is the men's top distance Nordic racer in the Country. If he makes the 2014 Olympic team, it'll be his first Olympic Games.
Credit 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.

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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.
Credit Facebook/Michael Ward

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
2:40 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Road to Sochi: Alice McKennis uses Lessons from Ranch Life on Ski Slopes

Alice McKennis grew up on a cattle ranch in New Castle. Some of the lessons she learned there translate into her success on the slopes.
Credit U.S. Ski Team

The Road to Sochi is a look at the ten athletes from the Aspen area who are training with the hopes of making it onto the 2014 Winter Olympic team.

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