Guests Can Support US Ski and Snowboard Teams Through an Array of Local Activities
Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (January 29, 2014) – Coming off a very successful showing at last week’s Winter X Games in Aspen, Lake Tahoe athletes are now setting their sights on bringing back gold from the 2014 Winter Games in Russia. Destination guests can show their support for US Ski and Snowboard Team members by attending nightly viewing parties, visiting the Olympic Heritage Museum and welcoming home the athletes during the US Championships slated to take place in Lake Tahoe in mid-March.
Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Lake Tahoe has a storied history of producing world-class athletes and the region remains a favorite training ground for elite winter sports athletes, including five medalists from the 2010 Winter Olympics and a number of the US Ski and Snowboard Teams' most promising medal contenders heading into the 2014 Winter Games. Over the years, the region has produced no fewer than 50 US Ski Team members, 20 Olympians, and a dozen National Champions with legendary names such as Jimmy Heuga, Greg Jones, Tamara McKinney, Daron Rahlves and Jonny Moseley.
The current guard of Lake Tahoe skiers and snowboarders includes some of the most highly decorated athletes ever to represent the region, boasting three gold medals from last week’s Winter X Games alone along with seven medals from previous Winter Olympics. In fact, during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Lake Tahoe athletes as a whole bested many prominent countries such as Australia, Japan and Great Britain in terms of total medal count.
A winter vacation to Lake Tahoe allows destination guests an up-close-and-personal opportunity to explore US Olympic tradition as well as to rub shoulders with Olympians both past and present. The Olympic torch still burns brightly in Lake Tahoe, and the Olympic Heritage Museum is one of only a handful of domestic venues that provides visitors with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Olympic tradition and competition.
The Lake Tahoe ski resorts will also be hosting nightly viewing parties during the entirety of the 2014 Winter Games allowing skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to show their collective support for local athletes representing Team USA. The region has also been chosen to once again host the US Championships in mid-March, serving as the first homecoming celebration for the US Ski and Snowboard Teams after competing in Russia.
The following are brief athlete biographies for Lake Tahoe athletes headed to Russia along with compelling storylines to watch during the upcoming 2014 Winter Games.
Jamie Anderson – Home Resort: Sierra-at-Tahoe
Adding another Winter X Games silver medal to her collection last weekend, Jamie Anderson has built a reputation as the most solid female slopestyle rider in the business thanks to her raw talent, exceptional style and versatility of tricks. She is an eight-time Winter X Games medalist including four gold medals, the reigning Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour champion as well as the current ESPY winner for Best Female Action Sports Athlete.
Maddie Bowman – Home Resort: Sierra-at-Tahoe
One of the young guns in the sport, Maddie Bowman has stolen the limelight as of late within women’s ski halfpipe, which will make its Olympic debut in Russia. She brought home another gold medal during last week’s Winter X Games adding to her four podium finishes at recent qualifying events for the U.S. Freeskiing Team. Bowman is a favorite to be upon the podium during the 2014 Winter Games.
Travis Ganong – Home Resort: Squaw Valley
Travis Ganong claimed the 2013 US Alpine Championships held on his home turf at Squaw Valley. In total, he has three U.S. championships to his credit including the 2013 U.S. Super G Championship, the 2010 U.S. Downhill Championship and the 2010 U.S. Super G Championship.
Chas Guldemond – Home Resort: Northstar California Resort
Since moving to Lake Tahoe in 2005 to pursue snowboarding professionally, Chas Guldemond has taken his riding to the next level winning the overall Global Open Tour in 2009, Winter X Games gold at Tignes in 2011 and four consecutive first place finishes at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix from 2010 through 2013. Guldemond is off to a strong start this season and is a front-runner to be on the podium in Russia.
Nate Holland – Home Resort: Squaw Valley
Sporting another gold medal around his neck after last week’s Winter X Games, Nate Holland has been at the forefront of men’s snowboard cross for nearly a decade with two FIS World Snowboarding Championships and eight Winter X Games gold medals to his name. Holland competed in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics just missing out on a medal in Vancouver by placing fourth.
Julia Mancuso – Home Resort: Squaw Valley
Julia Mancuso is poised to once again be a dominant presence in women’s alpine skiing at this year’s Winter Games. Her trophy case already includes three Olympic medals and more than thirty World Cup medals in Super G, Downhill and Giant Slalom events. Mancuso’s three Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American alpine skier.
Marco Sullivan – Home Resort: Squaw Valley
Born and raised in Truckee, Marco Sullivan is four-time World Cup medalist, the 2009 U.S. Downhill Champion, the 2007 U.S. Downhill Champion and the 2002 U.S. Super G Champion. Sullivan was a member of the US Ski Team during both the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics and this previous Olympic experience should serve him well in Russia.
Hannah Teter – Home Resort: Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
A long-standing presence within women’s snowboard halfpipe, Hannah Teter is a two time Olympic medalist (gold in 2006, silver in 2010), Winter X Games gold medalist and boasts eight World Cup podium finishes. She is also noted for her charitable work, including founding her own organization called Hannah's Gold.
David Wise – Home Resort: Northstar California Resort
Reno native David Wise has trained at Northstar California for over a decade and credits much of his success to the impeccable design and builds of the resort’s parks and pipes. Adding another gold medal to his accomplishments during last week’s Winter X Games, Wise lit up the ski halfpipe competition circuit last season with gold medal performances at the Winter X Games, US Grand Prix and WIS World Championships.
About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the collection of resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Homewood. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall amounts in North America. The nine resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are conveniently located near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information on how to book airfare, lodging, lift tickets and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and their travel partners, visit www.skilaketahoe.com.
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