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Mingle with 1960 Olympian at ski museum in Tahoe City

Pop on down to the Boatworks Mall and catch Olympian Joe Pete Wilson in person.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics in partnership with Granlibakken Resort will present living history with Joe Pete Wilson from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 3, 2014 from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

Wilson was a member of the 1960 United States cross-country team that competed in the VIII Olympic Winter Games at Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe.

Wilson raced against international skiing stars in the 30 km race held near Tahoma on the West shore of Lake Tahoe.

Later he was a member of the two and four-man USA Olympic bobsled teams, winning a bronze medal in 1964 during World Cup competition. He coached the USA biathlon team and co-founded the first commercial cross-country ski area in the United States at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt.

The Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics is located at the Boatworks Mall, 760 North Lake Blvd., No. 2, in Tahoe City.

The museum exhibit’s artifacts are from early 20th century skiing, memorabilia from the early years of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski areas, Bill Briner Olympic photo collection, and artifacts and memorabilia from the 1960 Winter Olympics.

All exhibits include explanatory interpretive panels. Dozens of items are on display, including skis, boots, promotional literature, rare Olympic souvenirs and artifacts, photographs and official documents and memorabilia from modern-day Olympic athletes based at Lake Tahoe. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the holiday season and weekends and holiday during the ski season. Admission is free.

Current information on the museum and exhibits is available at http://www.tahoemuseum.org.

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