February 12, 2006
Olympic Valley, CA — (News Release) — Although the 2006 Winter Olympics are overseas in Italy, the spirit of the Games is alive and well in Squaw Valley USA as a series of celebrations, competitions, and exhibitions will be going on in recognition of Olympics past and present. As host to the 1960 Winter Games, Squaw Valley USA has a rich and prestigious Olympic heritage as well as a commitment to athletic excellence.
On Saturday the Olympic torch made its way down the mountain from the Gold Coast Complex along the mountain run and to the Sun Deck at the base of the mountain. The torch and flags were carried by former Olympians Tamara McKinney, Jeff Hamilton, Jimbo Morgan, Bob Ormsby, Melissa Dimino, Sandra and Eric Poulsen and Bill Hudson; all skiers who grew up on the slopes of Squaw Valley USA and made their indelible marks in their respective disciplines of ski racing, speed skiing and freestyle skiing. Also joining in the parade were hundreds of Squaw Valley USA Mighty Mite team members, their coaches, ski patrol and general public. The torch was handed off to President of Squaw Valley Ski Corporation, Nancy R. Wendt, who lit the Olympic caldron in remembrance of the Squaw Valley games and in recognition of the Torino Games. This was followed by 18-year old Kendall Naughton's performance of the National Anthem.
On Sunday at 11 am, an ice-skating exhibition took place at the Olympic Ice Pavilion at High Camp (elevation 8200'), accessed by Squaw Valley's legendary Cable Car. Ice-skating champions performed short programs at this amazing mountain-top facility with Lake Tahoe as its backdrop.
This weekend, Squaw Valley USA also hosts a J3 Future Olympians Super-G Race on the Exhibition course which is viewable from the lower mountain. Spectators are encouraged to come out and see America's future Olympic ski racers.
In addition, all Squaw Valley bars and restaurants will be airing the Torino Games and showing historic 1960 Winter Games footage. Special Olympic brochures and pins are available and guests can explore the mountain for sites of the actual events. As always, the Olympic Museum, located at High Camp will be open for complimentary viewing of memorabilia, movies and print stories from the 1960 Games.
Don't forget to tune in to the Mens' Snowboard Cross finals on Thursday, February 16, at 8 pm on NBC to watch Squaw Valley's own Nate Holland vie for the Gold. To find out more about Nate and other Squaw Valley Olympians log on to www.squaw.com.