Mountain Times: Congrats to all our Olympians |

Mountain Times: Congrats to all our Olympians

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun
Norm and Alan Nicholls

Let the games begin! Every two years we get really excited when the Olympic Games begin. I am more partial to the winter Olympics than the summer ones, but it is always fun to watch the worldand#8217;s athletes compete. The Olympics may or may not be a true measure of an athleteand#8217;s and#8220;overall skill,and#8221; but it is, for a particular day (or during a single and#8220;multiple dayand#8221; event) against the finest athletes in the world.

Most competitors will say that World Cup competition is a much better barometer of greatness, but the Olympic games captures the attention of the world and (right or wrong) a Gold Medal performance can turn a lifeand#8217;s dream into reality and can yield fame and, now a days, fortune.

A special congratulations to our Tahoe/Truckee competitors Shannon Bahrke, Marco Sullivan, Elena Hight, Hannah Teter, Nate Holland, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook, Daron Rahlves and Errol Kerr (the one and only Jamaican ski team member).

For those of you who have lived here for very long, you have seen many local children begin competing in winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, freestyle, moguls, aerials, etc.) at a very young age. Many continue for years in the quest of being one of the worldand#8217;s best. Some make it, most donand#8217;t, but the determination of these individuals and the support and sacrifices of their families make their goal something special.

Hopefully you were able to see Tahoe City native Shannon Bahrkeand#8217;s performance in the womenand#8217;s moguls event on Saturday night. Her performance was superb and it earned her a bronze medal. This was the culmination of over two decades of hard work, training, competing and the continuous support of a loving family and many friends. (Shannon also won the silver medal in 2002 in Salt Lake City).

Shannon, pink hair and all, exemplifies an athlete who loves life, has a special commitment to her sport, her teammates, her family, and is not only a medal winner, but also an outstanding ambassador for our country. Congratulations also to her entourage of family and friends, Team Bahrke, who were present to cheer her on to success. As Gold Medal winner, Hannah Kearney put it after the medal ceremony, and#8220;it takes a community to raise an Olympian, and lots of hard work.and#8221;

Our hats are also off to all our Olympic team members and to other U.S. team members, who work so hard and commit their lives to their sport. Unfortunately not all of them get the call due to injuries or for not peaking at the right moment. However, they are still true champions and are very integral parts of their teams.

Great local coverage … Great job Sierra Sun for your excellent pre-Olympic coverage, athlete related articles and interviews, glimpses of past Olympic history, and your commitment to thoroughly cover the Olympics (with a special emphasis on local competitors) for all your readers. And an extra special and#8220;thank youand#8221; for putting a TV schedule of the events in last weekand#8217;s newspaper. I literally spent over an hour the day before, trying to get some sort of comprehensive TV schedule of the events with very little luck.

Thanks to J.D. Hoss, of KTKE 101.5 FM, for his determination to get up to Vancouver to enjoy the spectacle and to report the and#8220;colorand#8221; of the games for the listeners in our local broadcast area. Thanks also to all the local sponsors who made this trip possible.

For those of you who donand#8217;t know J.D. Hoss, he is a charismatic personality, an avid skier and powder hound, loves the outdoors and those who share his passion, is a loving husband and father and also runs a successful floor-covering company. He somehow fits in time to be a DJ at KTKE and has a lot to do with the marketing success of our local radio station. Be sure to tune in daily from 8 to 9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. to get his reports!

Back on the home front, we would like to acknowledge the personal achievement of one of our friends and colleagues, Kane Schaller, for bowling a perfect 300 game a couple of weeks ago. Kane has only bowled 7 or 8 years, and only in our winter and#8220;Truckee Leagueand#8221; at Bowl Incline. Kane is the son of Lil and Don Schaller, husband of Aimee, and father of and#8220;Addieand#8221; and was recently acknowledged as the Realtor of the Year by the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors.

and#8212; Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

Last weekand#8217;s question and#8230; The and#8220;Water Wheel Restaurantand#8221; was the very popular Chinese food restaurant that was located across Highway 89 from and#8220;Fanny Bridge,and#8221; and on the north bank of the Truckee River in Tahoe City. It was opened around 1973 by former Navy Pilot Lou Mitchell, and his wife, Louise (from Taiwan). It was renowned as the lakeand#8217;s best Chinese restaurant for many years.

This weekand#8217;s winners and players included Jack Beckman, Steve Morrison, Billie Kastian, Wes Schimmelpfenning, Rich Hill, Bruce Ajari, Mary De Lisle, Rachel Davis, Lorene Cole, Susannah Redman, Bill Mullins, Bill Murphy and John and Kathy Echols.

This weekand#8217;s question and#8230; and#8220;Truckee Rentsand#8221; is the largest equipment rental company in Truckee. Its current location is at 10410 River Park Place in Truckee. This successful business has occupied three other locations in Truckee over the years. Identify one or more of these locations and receive a point for each correct answer. Call us at 550-5035 or e-mail us at with your answer(s) or with past memories you may wish to share in a future column.

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