The Road to Sochi

Over the next few months we’ll Introduce you to home-grown athletes and what it takes to be at the top of their sport.

This year, ten athletes who trained in Aspen are vying to compete in Sochi. All of them are currently on national teams and are alumni of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, which has been training Olympians for decades. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Mark Cole, Director of the Club.

List of AVSC alumni who are currently competing on national teams. They're working to compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on February 7, 2014.

Alice McKennis

Katie Ryan

Wiley Maple

Jordie Karlinski

Gretchen Bleiler

Torin Yater-Wallace

Alex Ferreira

Noah Hoffman

Simi Hamilton

Michael Ward

Meg Olenick

Jeremy Abbott

Support for the "Road to Sochi Series" on Aspen Public Radio comes from The Ute Mountaineer, a family owned and operated outdoor specialty store serving the Aspen community since 1977. The Ute offers technicalclothing and gear for back country and cross country skiing, alpine touring, telemarking, and snowshoeing, along with advice to select the gear for your needs. More at utemountaineer.com.

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10:50am

Tue February 18, 2014
APR Local News

Road to Sochi: A Look Back On Athletes' Efforts To Make Team USA

New Castle native Alice McKennis worked this season to come back from an injury. After months of training, she pulled out of Olympic trials because she didn't feel ready.
Credit Roger Witney/USSA

This week marks the end of our Road to Sochi 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.

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6:54pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: Durango's Lanny Barnes Grateful to Sister for Olympic Chance

Twin sisters Tracy and Lanny Barnes have been competing in biathlon together for years. In January, Tracy gave up her Olympic spot so Lanny could compete.
Credit Facebook/Twin Biathletes

On Friday, a Colorado biathlete will compete in her first Olympic event in Sochi and her bid for an Olympic medal is thanks to her twin sister. Durango’s Lanny Barnes initially didn’t make Team USA, her sister did. But, in January, Lanny’s sister decided to give up her Olympic spot so Lanny could compete. Since then, the sisters have received loads of press from around the world. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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5:22pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Road to Sochi

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.
Credit abcnews.go.com

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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9:17pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Road to Sochi

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.
Credit ESPN

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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5:39pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: Olympian Chris Klug Fondly Remembers Games

Aspen resident Chris Klug has some advice for up and coming Olympic athletes: "have fun!" He's competed in three Olympics and survived a liver transplant.
Credit Jack Dempsey/AP

Aspen athlete Chris Klug 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. Klug 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 Krivonen sat down with him recently to talk about what the rising stars in snowsports can expect in Sochi.

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