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Aspen to send off Olympians for 2018 season

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy
Aspen Public Radio

Nordic skiers Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman are headed to Europe to compete on the World Cup circuit and then on to Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hamilton is the top male Nordic racer in the U.S., ranked 9th in the world.


The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team does not receive federal funding. It’s the only team on the international circuit that doesn’t. The team operates on a significantly smaller budget than it's competitors. Top-ranked Norway has $11 million, while the U.S. team budget doesn’t crack one million. That means athletes need to chip in on fundraising efforts.


Hamilton and Hoffman kick off the winter competition season with a fundraiser at the Belly Up on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The first World Cup races are in November in Finland.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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