snowboarding 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 Safety Efforts Ramp Up At Ski Area Terrain Parks http://kajx.org/post/safety-efforts-ramp-ski-area-terrain-parks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After seeing the tricks, flips and crashes at last week’s Winter X Games, it’s hard to understand why someone would take such risks. And yet, terrain parks with similar, but smaller features are ubiquitous at ski areas around the country. Education around how to be safe in these parks is growing. And, as Aspen Public Radio’s Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, the efforts are also meant to draw more people to snowboarding, which has seen a drop in popularity on the slopes.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13481 at http://kajx.org Safety Efforts Ramp Up At Ski Area Terrain Parks The 411 on the X Games http://kajx.org/post/411-x-games <p>For the 13<sup>th</sup> year Aspen hosts the X Games starting Thursday at the Buttermilk ski area. But, beyond the competitions on the hill, downtown Aspen will see concerts and events sharing in the spirit of the games. While it will be fun, it could lead to some traffic, parking and other issues for folks trying to get around town.</p><p>So, Aspen Public Radio has created a simple guide for the big questions you might have about the X Games, how to get there, where to park, tickets, breaking news and more.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:40:32 +0000 Rob St. Mary 13208 at http://kajx.org The 411 on the X 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 Road to Sochi: Documentary Highlights Dangers of Extreme Sports http://kajx.org/post/road-sochi-documentary-highlights-dangers-extreme-sports <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Olympic Games get closer, the competitions are heating up. The Aspen-area athletes competing in ski racing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and </span>freeskiing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will find out soon whether they’ve made Team USA.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some local athletes compete in the </span>halfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> like </span>snowboarder<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gretchen </span>Bleiler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>freeskiers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Torin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Yater-Wallace<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Alex </span>Ferriera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Skiing </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">H</span>alfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a new discipline at the upcoming Olympics. Just like many competitions, this event can be dangerous and even fatal. A new documentary features 2010 Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;who crashed during training and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:17:09 +0000 Marci Krivonen 12552 at http://kajx.org Road to Sochi: Documentary Highlights Dangers of Extreme Sports