February 7, 2006
Squaw Valley USA — (News Release) - Like the flames of the torches at the entrance to Squaw Valley Road, the Olympic spirit at Squaw never dies. In celebration of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, and the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley USA, Olympic Heritage events will begin in conjunction with opening ceremonies on Friday, February 10 and throughout the rest of the weekend here at Squaw.
To kick off the celebration there will be an outdoor showing on the Big Screen in the Village of the original 1960 Olympic Movie on Friday, February 10 at dusk. To catch a glimpse of the opening ceremonies in Torino, duck into any Olympic House Bar: Bar One, Plaza Bar, Zenbu or across the green at Le Chamois.
On Saturday, February 11 you can hop on the Olympic band-wagon with former Olympians Tamara McKinney, Jeff Hamilton, Jimbo Morgan, and others. With help from the Mighty Mites, Squaw Kids, and anyone else who wants to join in, Tamara, Jeff and the rest will be skiing a lit "Olympic Torch down the Mountain Run. The group will convene at 12:30 pm at Gold Coast and will ski down to the Olympic Houses' Sun Deck at the base of the mountain. At 12:45 pm a reception will be held on the Sun Deck with former Olympic athletes and Squaw Valley Legends. There will be a torchlight ceremony and a performance of the National Anthem sung by 18 year-old Kendall Naughton.
Relive the glory of the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics with a beautiful ice skating exhibition on Sunday, Feb 12 at 11 am at the Olympic Ice Pavilion. Brought to you by our in-house professional ice skater, Fanny Horn, the exhibition will include performances by local and national figure skaters and is free with your lift ticket, cable car ticket or season pass.
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, February 11-13 the Exhibition course will be transformed into "Little Italy with the Far West Association's J3 Future Olympians Super-G Races, visible from the base of the mountain.
Throughout the Olympics, there is no better way to support your local athletes than watching their events on TV at one of their favorite Squaw Valley bars. Look out for skiers Marco Sullivan, Julia Mancuso, Shannon Bahrke, and Daron Rahlves and snowboarders Nate Holland and Jayson Hale.
For more on the Olympic Heritage Celebration at Squaw Valley USA, check out www.squaw.com and let the games begin!