Winter Olympics

Road to Sochi
5:22 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Road to Sochi: Locals Traveling To Olympics Not "Overly" Concerned About Safety

Aspen-area athletes and their family members are focusing on competition rather than worrying about safety. Sochi has been the target of terrorist threats and, bombings in a town hundreds of miles away in December raised fears.
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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.

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2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside
12:46 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Ready to Go - Heading to Sochi

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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.

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Winter Olympics
5:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Aspen Sends Four Athletes To The Olympics in Sochi

Freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace and family members of Simi Hamilton, Noah Hoffman and Jeremy Abbott hold a Colorado flag during an Olympic send-off in downtown Aspen.
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.

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APR Local News
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.
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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
9:17 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games

Aspen's Torin Yater Wallace found out this month he's heading to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.
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Aspen athlete Torin Yater-Wallace is heading to the Olympics next month and, he’ll be ushering in a new discipline: Ski Halfpipe. The 18-year-old has been a standout ever since he began training with the local ski club in grade school. This season, he’s coming back from injuries suffered early in the season but, he says he’s feeling confident about the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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