The Road to Sochi http://kajx.org en Road to Sochi: A Look Back On Athletes' Efforts To Make Team USA http://kajx.org/post/road-sochi-look-back-athletes-efforts-make-team-usa <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week marks the end of our Road to </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> series. For 22 weeks, we’ve followed a dozen local athletes as they worked their way toward competing in the Winter Olympics. Most didn’t make it because of injuries and fierce competition. Still, four athletes are there, competing for Team USA. Today we take a look back at the twelve athletes and their quest for an Olympic chance.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:50:54 +0000 Marci Krivonen 14449 at http://kajx.org Road to Sochi: A Look Back On Athletes' Efforts To Make Team USA Road to Sochi: Durango's Lanny Barnes Grateful to Sister for Olympic Chance http://kajx.org/post/road-sochi-durangos-lanny-barnes-grateful-sister-olympic-chance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday, a Colorado </span>biathlete<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will compete in her first Olympic event in Sochi and her bid for an Olympic medal is thanks to her twin sister. Durango’s </span>Lanny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Barnes initially didn’t make Team USA, her sister did. But, in January, </span>Lanny’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sister decided to give up her Olympic spot so </span>Lanny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> could compete. Since then, the sisters have received loads of press from around the world. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:54:34 +0000 Marci Krivonen 14115 at http://kajx.org Road to Sochi: Durango's Lanny Barnes Grateful to Sister for Olympic Chance Road to Sochi: Locals Traveling To Olympics Not "Overly" Concerned About Safety http://kajx.org/post/road-sochi-locals-traveling-olympics-not-overly-concerned-about-safety <p></p><p>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 <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/30/258287084/bus-explosion-in-volgograd-follows-train-station-bombing">two suicide bombings killed 34 people</a> 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.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:22:08 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13774 at http://kajx.org Road to Sochi: Locals Traveling To Olympics Not "Overly" Concerned About Safety Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games http://kajx.org/post/road-sochi-aspens-torin-yater-wallace-preps-olympic-games <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aspen athlete </span>Torin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Yater-<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wallace</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is heading to the Olympics next month and, he’ll be ushering in a new discipline: Ski </span>Halfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. 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 </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:17:24 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13458 at http://kajx.org Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games Road to Sochi: Olympian Chris Klug Fondly Remembers Games http://kajx.org/post/road-sochi-olympian-chris-klug-fondly-remembers-games <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aspen athlete Chris </span>Klug<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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. </span>Klug<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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 </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sat down with him recently to talk about what the rising stars in </span>snowsports<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> can expect in </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:39:01 +0000 Marci Krivonen 11041 at http://kajx.org Road to Sochi: Olympian Chris Klug Fondly Remembers Games