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Local Olympians Update – How they fared at the Sochi Olympic Games   1 comment

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The Sochi Olympic Games are over. For some athletes, medals in hand, they have won the ultimate prize they have worked their entire lives in pursuit of. For other athletes, the only spoils they take home are the memories. I hope for all who competed, they are glorious ones.

I thought it would be nice to do a follow up to the previous post from January as to how our local athletes did. Here’s the breakdown:

 

Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Alpine Skiing, super combined- Bronze

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Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Snowboarding – Gold

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Maddie Bowman, South Lake Tahoe, Freestyle Skiing- Gold

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David Wise, Reno, Freestyle Skiing – Gold

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Danny Davis, Truckee, Snowboarding half pipe – 10th

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Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, Alpine Skiing – 5th

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Chas Guldemond, Reno, Snowboarding slopestyle – 15th

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Nate Holland, Truckee, Snowboardcross – sadly did not make it through qualifying rounds

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Tim Jitloff, Reno, Alpine Skiing – 15th

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Karly Shorr, Truckee, Snowboarding Slopestyle – 6th

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Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Alpine Skiing – Downhill – 30th

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Hannah Teter -snowboard, half pipe- 4th

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Ryan Stassel -snowboard slopestyle – 14th

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And what were the final results for all of the marquis athletes that aren’t from the area, but NBC showcased as our top contenders?

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From left to right:

Meryl Davis and Charlie White came home with the Gold for Ice Dancing, and a Bronze in the Team event.

Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Skiing) won a Slalom Gold.

Shani Davis (long track) surprisingly did not come home with any medals after multiple medal wins in previous Olympics and medal wins in several world cup competitions just before the Olympics.

J.R. Celski, along with his team mates Jordan Malone, Eddy Alvarez and Chris Creveling won a Silver medal in Short Track Speedskating in the 3000m relay, and the only medal for U.S. Speedskating.

Shaun White shockingly finished just off the podium at 4th in the half pipe. He did have the highest score at the event, unfortunately, during a qualifying round, not when it counted the most.

Gracie Gold brought home a Bronze medal in the team figure skating event, and just off the podium in 4th for the Ladies figure skating event.

Ted Ligety won a Gold medal in Giant Slalom.

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Congratulations to all our athletes, no matter where they placed. You represented the USA proud and well.

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Sign at Squaw Valley made by some of the local kids congratulating local skiers Julia Mancuso and Travis Ganong.

Sign at Squaw Valley made by some of the local kids congratulating local skiers
Julia Mancuso and Travis Ganong.

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Winter Olympics in Sochi: A Tahoe-Truckee show!   Leave a comment

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From left to right- Meryl Davis & Charlie White (Ice Dancing), Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Skiing), Shani Davis (long track speedskating) J.R. Celski (Short Track Speedskating, Shaun White (Snowboarding...and now calls Northstar his home mountain), Tracy Gold (Figure Skating) and Ted Ligety (Alpine Skiing)

From left to right- Meryl Davis & Charlie White (Ice Dancing), Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Skiing), Shani Davis (long track speedskating), J.R. Celski (Short Track Speedskating), Shaun White (Snowboarding…and now calls Northstar his home mountain), Tracy Gold (Figure Skating) and Ted Ligety (Alpine Skiing)
(Photo via NBC Olympics Facebook Page)

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While the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be fun for everyone to watch, for those of us with Tahoe-Truckee connections, we also have a big home team to get excited about.  Six skiers and eight snowboarders with strong Tahoe connections will be competing for Gold in Sochi.

Tahoe-Truckee folks wish all the athletes a safe and incredible journey, and if you can bring home a bit of gold, silver or bronze, that would be some nice icing on the cake.

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SKIERS

Three time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong, were all born and raised Squaw Valley/North Tahoe kids who will be competing in Alpine events.  Joining the Alpine team is Tim Jitloff from Reno, who started skiing Tahoe resorts when he was just a little tyke. David Wise from Reno, and Maddie Bowman from South Lake Tahoe, are coming off Gold medal performances in the recent X Games and now are on their way to Sochi to be a part of the first ever Olympic half-pipe skiing competition.

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3 Time Olympian Nate Holland (Photo: NBC Olympics)

3 Time Olympian Nate Holland
(Photo: NBC Olympics)

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SNOWBOARDERS

Truckee based Nate Holland and Olympic Gold Medal winner Hannah Teter, who lives in South Lake Tahoe, are the two senior members of the impressive Tahoe snowboarding contingent. Others include Tahoe transplants and Slopestyle racers Chas Guldemond, Ryan Stassel and Karly Shorr, as well as half-pipe competitor Danny Davis.  Finally, the Tahoe snowboarding team is graced with South Lake Tahoe born and raised Slopestyler Jamie Anderson.

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NORDIC SKIERS

While there are no Tahoe cross-country skiers headed to Sochi, the Tahoe cross-country skiing community will be cheering on American’s Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, who have a legitimate shot at medaling in cross-country this year. These two ladies came to Tahoe last spring to be a part of a program called Fast and Female, and made an incredibly positive impression on local girls who cross-country ski.

*For a full roster of the American Athletes competing in Sochi, their photos and profiles, go to this link for NBC Olympics:

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/team-usa-who-has-qualified-2014-sochi-olympics?ctx=team-usa

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And don’t forget to follow the athletes at NBC Olympics on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/nbcolympics
(Many of the athletes have facebook pages as well. Great fun being taken along for the ride on their Olympic journey.)

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