Aspen/Snowmass will hold a community celebration to honor four local athletes headed to the Olympics. The ceremony will be held today at 4 p.m. in Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.
The ceremony will kick off at 4 p.m. with a proclamation by the mayor of Aspen, Steve Skadron followed by the CEO of Aspen Skiing Company, Mike Kaplan. The Olympians will be introduced and presented with a special gift. The ceremony will be followed by a party with food and drink specials at Chair 9 in The Little Nell.
“This community is committed to promoting and celebrating athletic excellence, and being represented by these inspiring individuals is truly an honor for all of us,” says Mike Kaplan, Aspen Skiing Company CEO. “All of us in the Roaring Fork Valley owe it to them to come out on Wednesday and give them our support. ”
The four Olympians are:
Torin Yater-Wallace – U.S. Freeskiing Team
Jeremy Abbott – U.S. Figure Skating Team
Simi Hamilton – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
Noah Hoffman – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
This send-off follows an announcement earlier this week that Aspen/Snowmass have reached an agreement in principle to keep the X Games in Aspen through 2019. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/en/events-and-activities/events/x-games.
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are right around the corner, and a town in northwest Colorado that serves as an assembly line for snowsports champions organized a going-away party on Saturday to send its hometown Olympic heroes off in style.
The festivities began with a skills demonstration from participants in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which over the years has produced 79 Olympians. Afterwards, this year’s crop of competitors were honored onstage along with local wounded warriors and guests were treated to a torch relay, the lighting of a 15-foot cauldron that will remain lit throughout the Games, fireworks, a flash mob dance, and birthday cake. (continue reading…)
By Troy Hawks, www.troyhawks.net
Mark Urich has his sights set far down the fall line. While hype for Sochi 2014 is nearing a fevered pitch, Urich is aiming for Korea 2018. It was just three years ago that the Denver native put on his first ski and he’s been pursuing an adaptive ski racing career ever since.
Only a few months into the sport, Urich placed ninth in the 2011 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships at Alyeska, Alaska. Last season he took fourth in both the downhill and Super G at the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Nationals in Aspen, and in early December, Urich finished 15th at the prominent IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup held at Copper. The strong finish on a world stage of adaptive ski racing left the 28-year-old Urich with newfound inspiration.
“The best in the world was there, so it was awesome to see that, it’s really got me stoked,” he says. (continue reading…)
The world’s best freeskiers, snowboarders and Olympic hopefuls from across the globe are set to battle it out at Copper Mountain in the 2013 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, from January 7 – 13. Athletes will be competing in both halfpipe and slopestyle events in the recently-elevated FIS World Cup competition. Points earned at the World Cup determine eligibility to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix will be a 5Star World Snowboard Tour event and the Visa U.S. Grand Prix will be an Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Platinum level event. Top competitors, including U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding athletes Louie Vito, Tom Wallisch and Kelly Clark, are set to compete in the 22 ft. Main Vein Superpipe and on the World Cup Slopestyle course in the Woodward Central terrain park.