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Squaw finalizing Tahoe Olympic athlete celebration Friday

Staff report

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Squaw Valley on Friday will celebrate the return of athletes from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with appearances by medalists Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht and Olympic Valley’s Julia Mancuso.

The welcome-home party begins at 6:30 p.m. at the KT Base Bar in The Village at Squaw Valley.

“I’ve often remarked that it takes a community to raise an Olympian, so now I would like to invite you to join us as our entire community welcomes home our athletes from competing so very well in Russia,” penned Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows CEO Andy Wirth in an open letter to the Lake Tahoe community.

Friday’s festivities include an athlete parade, national anthem sung by Sara Mancuso, a video presentation, athlete Q-and-A, fireworks and live concerts by Drop Theory and West Water Outlaws. The event is free and open to the public.

The event also serves as the highlight of the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, which take place at Squaw March 19-23.

Athletes attending the homecoming include Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht, Travis Ganong, Marco Sullivan, Nate Holland, Jared Goldberg, Tim Jitloff, Nolan Kasper, David Chodounsky, Stacey Cook, Julia Ford, Megan McJames, Laurenne Ross, Leanne Smith, Resi Stiegler and Jaqueline Wiles, with more to be announced this week.