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March 14th, 2015

Skiing The Thunderbolt: A Modern Day Sport Tackles A Historic Trail

Before World War II, Adams, Mass. attracted skiers by the thousands until the advent of chair lifts lured the crowds away. Now backcountry enthusiasts who enjoy climbing up a mountain to “earn their turns” on the way down are bringing skiers and riders back to the small town and the historic Thunderbolt Ski Run.

Interview
March 7th, 2015

Former NHL Enforcer On Why Hockey’s Fighters Can’t Find Jobs

Back in the day, every NHL team employed at least one fighting specialist, known as an enforcer. But now the position is becoming extinct. Former Boston Bruins enforcer Terry O’Reilly tells Bill Littlefield why that’s for the best.

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February 21st, 2015
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Dismissal Of Elite Women’s Hockey Coach Raises Questions

As the head coach of the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s women’s hockey team, Shannon Miller has led the team to five national championships. This December, she was told she would be let go at the end of the season for what the school calls “financial reasons.” Only A Game’s Dan Kraker reports.

January 31st, 2015

‘The Fall Line’ Explores The U.S. Ski Team’s Dominance At 2010 Olympics

The United States’ alpine skiers raked in eight medals at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, becoming only the fourth nation to accomplish that feat. Author Nathaniel Vinton wrote about the U.S. skiers’ journey in ‘The Fall Line.’

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January 24th, 2015
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Fat Bikes: The Winter Sport Of The Future?

With tires twice the width of a standard mountain bike, fat bikes are made for snow. Some ski facilities are embracing the bikes as a way to keep business booming when there’s not quite enough snow to ski. Jon Kalish has this story from Vermont.

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January 17th, 2015
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Ice Climbing Festival Breathes Life Into Ouray, Colorado

The world’s top ice climbers flock to the small town of Ouray, Colo. every January for its annual ice festival. Reporter Sadie Babits has the story of how the festival began and why top climbers love Ouray Ice Park.

In Depth
January 17th, 2015

Can I Put My Gold Medal On My Resume? Life After The Olympics

Olympic athletes can’t stay on top of the podium forever, and finding a new career after retirement can be quite a challenge. New York Times sports columnist Karen Crouse tells Bill Litttlefield the story of retiring American skier Hannah Kearney.

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January 10th, 2015
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Adaptive Bobsledder Hopes To Compete In 2018 Paralympics

Lance Roop was a high school quarterback when a car accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. He’s now a college sophomore and he competes on the bobsled track. Roop hopes to reach the 2018 Winter Paralympics as an adaptive bobsledder.

In the news
March 8th, 2014

Paralympics: Keeping Politics Out Of Sports

Now that the Olympics are over, the Paralympics in Sochi have begun. Bill Littlefield is joined by Craig Spence of the International Paralympic Committee to discuss how the crisis in Ukraine is–and isn’t–impacting the event.

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February 22nd, 2014
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Ski Resorts Struggle To Balance Popularity And Risks Of ‘Skinning’

More and more skiers are skipping the chairlift by putting skins on their skis and climbing up. “Skinning” is generating uphill traffic on downhill slopes, and creating new safety concerns for resorts. Vermont Public Radio’s Nina Keck reports.

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