Winter Olympics Athletes with a Reno / Tahoe Connection
The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will run from February 7 through 23, 2014. Leaving politics and controversy aside (there seem to be plenty of both involved), we can enjoy the games by following competitors with a local connection.
Athletes from the Reno / Lake Tahoe region will be well represented at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. A few from nearby ski areas, like Mammoth Lakes, will be there as well. Reno / Lake Tahoe Olympians will compete in a variety of alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding events. There will be both Olympics veterans and those who are competing on the big stage for the first time.
My list is of winter sports athletes was mostly obtained through the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. USSA is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding, and U.S. Freeskiing. Note that the list of team members is probably not totally accurate. Athletes can miss the cut, drop out of competition, or be added to teams up to the time the Olympic Games begin.
- Mason Aguirre, Mammoth Lakes, CA - snowboard halfpipe
- Jamie Anderson, Lake Tahoe, CA - snowboard slopestyle
- Ross Andrews, trains at Sugar Bowl - boardercrosss
- Scotty Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA - freestyle skiing
- Aaron Blunck, trains at Mammoth - halfpipe skiing
- Maddie Bowman, South Lake Tahoe, CA - freestyle skiing
- Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA - snowboard halfpipe
- Sammy Carlson, trains at Mammoth - freeskiing
- Kelly Clark, Mammoth Lakes, CA - snowboard halfpipe
- Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA - ski racing
- Chas Guldemond, Reno, NV - snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle
- Jayson Hale, Sierraville, CA - boardercross
- Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA - snowboard halfpipe
- Mark Hoyt, trains at Sierra-at-Tahoe, snowboard slopestyle
- Trevor Jacob, Mammoth Lakes, CA - boardercross
- Sho Kashima, Stateline, NV - moguls
- Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA - ski racing giant slalom, downhill, combined
- Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA - snowboard halfpipe
- Charlotte Mia Skinner, North Lake Tahoe - skiercross
- Kyle Smaine, South Lake Tahoe, CA - snowboard halfpipe
- Marco Sullivan, Truckee, CA - ski racing
- John Teller, trains at Mammoth - skiercross
- Hannah Teter, Myers, CA - snowboarding
- Shaun White, trains at Northstar California - snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle
- David Wise, Reno, NV - freeskiing halfpipe
Olympic Sports with Team USA Competitors
Winter sports athletes from Team USA will compete in these events at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia...
- Figure skating – ice dance, pairs, singles (men and women), team
- Ice hockey
- Short track speedskating
- Skiing – alpine, cross country, freestyle, jumping, Nordic combined
Following the XXII Olympic Winter Games
In this age of instant communication gratification, there is no shortage of ways to view and follow the action during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Television - The exclusive broadcast contract in the United States for the Winter Games is with NBC Sports. Network offerings will include live and tape-delayed coverage of events on television, and streaming of all events online and on mobile platforms. The NBC affiliation station in the Reno area is KRNV channel 4. On cable and satellite services, the Winter Olympics will be broadcase on NBC's Universal Sports Network.
To receive live streaming of everything (except the opening ceremonies), you must register your cable or satellite service with NBC LiveExtra. To do so, go to the LiveExtra website and follow the directions to verify your service.
Mobile Devices - Free apps for mobile devices - smart phones and tablets - keep you wired to the Winter Games while on the move...
Social Media - The Winter Olympics are all over the top social media sites...
Will the Winter Olympics return to Reno / Tahoe?
That is a question yet to be answered. An effort has been underway for several years, headed up by the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, to host the Winter Games. The group is promoting Reno / Tahoe as a premier winter sports destination, with the ultimate goal of being selected as a site for a future Olympic Winter Games. The still celebrated 1960 Winter Games were held at Squaw Valley, between Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
Sources: Team USA, XXII Olympic Winter Games, NBC Sports, Lake Tahoe News.