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One of the U.S. women competing at the World Cup races in Aspen is coming back from a knee injury. This season Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole is working to again be among the best racers in the world. 

Stiegler will race in slalom over the weekend. It’s among her first competitions after ACL surgery following a crash during a January training run. Last season, her best competition was at the World Cup in Aspen, where she placed eleventh. She says the Aspen race course is one of her favorites with its rolling hills and curves. She wants a solid race here.


Professional snow sports athletes have started their competitive season and many are traveling from race to race. For most, the cost of competing can be as challenging as defeating their opponents. Nordic ski racer Noah Hoffman and Nordic Combined athlete Michael Ward talked about the expense during a recent visit to Aspen Public Radio. They were preparing for a fundraiser in Aspen and spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

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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.