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.