Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Olympic Heritage Celebration at Sugar Pine Point Jan 11-19

Posted on January 5, 2014
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

1960 Winter Olympics Official Program

The Olympic Heritage Celebration is a week long festival of re-enacted events, sporting competitions, and recognition of legendary and current Olympians at Sugar Pine Point State Park and around West and North Lake Tahoe from January 11 through 19, 2014.

Get inspired with special events, guided snowshoe tours and the chance to meet past Olympians as you help cheer on North Lake Tahoe’s local athletes as they prepare for Sochi.

Monday, January 13, 2014 -5:00

Enjoy an evening of Olympic stories by Olympians from our past and present, with local Olympians Daron Rahlves, Adam Hostetter, as well as 1960 Cross Country and l964 Bobsled medalist, Joe Pete Wilson. Beer and wine will be provided. Location: Tahoe City Visitor Center (Corner of Hwy 89 and Hwy 28). Free event.

During the winter of 1960 athletes from around the world came to Lake Tahoe to participate in the Winter Olympic Games. The biathlon and cross-country (XC) events of the V111 Winter Olympics were held in what is now Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park. A portion of the marked XC trails takes you on a loop through the heart of the men’s events where you travel with the spirit of the games on the trails of the biathlon and men’s events. Join park staff and our local business partners, as we continue to celebrate our snow heritage with a series of events designed to highlight what makes our region so special. This historic venue will come alive with the Olympic spirit as the public is invited to join us for a week of special events celebrating our Olympic Heritage.

Click here for the 2014 event listings.

History repeats at Ed Z’berg Sugar1960 Olympic Speed skaters warmup at Squaw Valley by Bill Briner Pine Point State Park as the Eagle Wings Dance Group, descendents of the Paiute, Shoshone and Washo Tribes will be offering traditional songs and dances sacred to the tribes represented to the Creator-God in thanks as part of the Closing Ceremonies for Olympic Heritage Celebration week. “The lack of rain and snow has been a concern in the Native community, as well”, says Lois Kane the Language and Culture Coordinator of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony. The Eagle Wing Dance group performance will conclude with a round dance in which all are invited to participate. “We could end up with one large round dance with all of the people dancing and praying for snow”, said Kane.

065 PCHENITZIN Valentin at 200m range by Bill BrinerJoin past Olympians and local dignitaries as we commemorate the official end of the Olympic Heritage Celebration events with the extinguishing of the Olympic caldron. The ceremony will take place in front of a replica of the Tower of Nations that stood at the entrance of Squaw Valley to welcome visitors to the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. This free event will be held near the campground entrance of Sugar Pine Point State Park. Hot cider and cookies will be provided.

All photos courtesy of Bill Briner.

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