Week In Review
Home town Olympic favorite
Mikaela Shiffrin has arrived in Sochi and will compete in her best event, the slalom, on Friday.
She arrived in Sochi on Friday night and by Saturday afternoon already had done a segment with Natalie Morales of NBC’s “Today” show. She is likely to be featured prominently in the network’s coverage.Last year, Shiffrin had a breakout season, winning the globe for the slalom title as well as the World Championship slalom race in Schladming, Austria.
Shiffrin missed the first week of the Olympics, including the opening ceremonies, to spend time training in Italy.
Avalanches are one of the risks skiers face when skiing in a Colorado ski resort, ruled the Colorado Court of Appeals. An inbounds avalanche killed Christopher Norris in Winter Park, two days after an inbounds avalanche killed Taft Conlin in Vail. In a 2-1 decision, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s Skier Safety Act grants ski area operators immunity from the “inherent dangers of the sport.”
Ride the Rockies
Ride the Rockies, a Denver Post-sponsored weeklong bicycle tour of the state that draws 2,000 or more participants will stop in Avon this June. The last time the tour spent the night in the valley, it meant filling at least 700 hotel rooms, and that’s just for support crews and others directly associated with the ride. It’s not known how many riders, families and friends decided to splurge on a soft bed and easy access to a shower.
GSHS athletic director out of ICU
Craig Denney was moved from the intensive care unit at Valley View Hospital to a regular hospital room, and doctors were anticipating that the popular Glenwood Springs High School athletic director would return home by the end of the week. Denny is fighting Burkitt’s lymphoma.
Warm temps in Sochi
Unseasonable warm temperatures at the Sochi Winter Olympics forced schedule adjustments for the downhill portion of the men’s super-combined. Not a single Olympic site even approached freezing at any point during that day.
Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper all landed triple corks — three backflips while also spinning — in the final of the first-ever men’s ski slopestyle in the Olympics. Christensen won gold, Kenworthy nabbed silver and Goepper ended up with bronze for the third U.S. podium sweep in the history of the Winter Olympics.
Up with People
Up With People performers flooded Eagle Valley High School last week, performing free shows for the students. They then performed two evenings with the proceeds from those going to the local Youth Foundation.