SQUAW VALLEY (AP) — Squaw Valley is planning a special celebration at the Sierra ski resort March 21 to honor more than a dozen U.S. Olympians from the Reno-Lake Tahoe area who competed in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, including three who brought home gold.
The Friday night event at the California resort that hosted the 1960 Olympics north of Tahoe coincides with the U.S. Alpine Championships being held there that weekend.
Dubbed a “Welcome Home Celebration,” it will include an athlete parade, video presentations, fireworks, live music and autograph sessions.
“From South Lake Tahoe to Reno, and from Sacramento to Squaw Valley, we’re assembling to welcome home as many athletes from our area as possible,” Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth said.
David Wise, 23, a freestyle skier from Reno, won the gold medal in the inaugural halfpipe event, while Maddie Bowman, 20, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., did the same in the women’s event. South Lake Tahoe snowboarder Jamie Anderson, 20, claimed the gold in the slopestyle competition.
Squaw Valley’s own Julia Mancuso, 29, won a bronze medal in the women’s super-combined slalom to become a four-time medal winner. She came away with gold in 2006 and two silvers in 2010. She started her racing career at age 3 in Squaw’s junior ski program, “the Mighty Mites.”
Their four medals combined equaled the number won by Great Britain and was more than Australia (3) or Ukraine (2) earned. The three gold medals tied with China and Korea and exceeded those of the Czech Republic (2), Japan (1) and Finland (1).
Wirth notes the resort recently reopened the renovated Olympic Museum at High Camp atop the mountain between Truckee and Tahoe City, with newly acquired Olympic memorabilia from the 1960 Winter Games, the first to be fully televised.
New historical items on display include the original vinyl recording of the music performed during the opening ceremonies and the clock that hung in Blyth Arena. Other mementos include authentic uniforms from the 1960 Team USA and one of the original proposals for the Winter Games by Squaw Valley founder Alex Cushing.