The Roaring Fork Valley’s alpine geography and Rocky Mountain climate make the area a breeding ground for athletes of many disciplines. Over several decades, and in large part thanks to organization on behalf of volunteers, youth sports clubs have developed to support local kids’ athletic endeavors. Aspen Historical Society’s 2018 Time Travel Tuesdays series will feature the history of winter-season youth sports organizations in moderated panel discussions with past and present athletes, coaches, parents, and club administrators from: the two local figure skating clubs (Aspen Skating Club and Revolutions of Aspen), Aspen Junior Hockey, and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. The conversations, supported by historical photos from the AHS collection, will explore how each organization has impacted the careers and lives of athletes across several generations, highlighting the stories behind the clubs, the accomplishments of their graduates and the many services groups provide to our community. To celebrate the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics, the final panel will feature athletes with connections to our small mountain town who have reached the pinnacle of their sports, to represent the United States at the Olympic games. This final presentation, hosted in the theater at the Wheeler Opera House, will focus on the Olympians’ experience with sports as kids: how did different clubs. groups of people, specific coaches, and perhaps even the support of a community, shaped the many roads from Aspen to the Olympics.
The event is $10 and free for AHS Lixiviator members
Tickets at aspenshowtix.com
Tuesday, February 6th – Aspen Figure Skating Clubs
Panelists include Michelle Hocknell (co-founder and coach, Revolutions of Aspen), Peggy Behr (co-founder and coach, Revolutions Aspen), Lisa Bodek (founder, coach, and skating judge Aspen Skating Club), Karen Dillon (athlete, Aspen Skating Club), Terri Hooper (current Director, Aspen Skating Club), and Grace Hancock (athlete, Revolutions of Aspen).
Tuesday. February 13th – Aspen Junior Hockey
Panelists include: Shaun Hathaway (current Director AJH), and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy (former player, current coach AJH).
Tuesday, February 20th – Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club
Panelists include: Dave Stapleton and Vince Lahey
Tuesday, March 6th – Aspen Olympians
Panelists include: Craig Ward, Chris Klug, Gretchen Bleiler, and Beth Madsen