North Tahoe’s Olympic Heritage to be preserved |

North Tahoe’s Olympic Heritage to be preserved

Jonny Moseley's parents Barbara and Tom, left, were on hand along with Jonny's wife Malia to watch Jonny (far right) emcee the dinner event at PlumpJack.

The Who’s Who of local skiing Olympians were gathered under one roof last Saturday evening at Squaw Valley. At an elegant dinner at PlumpJack’s convention center, as part of the “Raising of the Rings” weekend, nearly 200 supporters of the quest to preserve our area’s Olympic heritage with a new Squaw Valley Museum gathered for a wonderful evening of camaraderie and community. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the illustrious Squaw Valley Olympic games (and don’t forget about Tahoma which hosted the cross-country ski events). During Jan. 8 through 17 of 2010, an Olympic Heritage Celebration will include 10 days of re-enacted Olympic events, sporting competitions on snow and ice and recognition of past and present Olympians in our community. Last weekend’s fundraising events will help promote this very special cause.

Prints of the original 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics taken by the official photographer Bill Briner were on display and were the highlight of the silent auction which preceded dinner. After silent auction bidding and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests sat down in the beautifully decorated (all in white) dining area. Freestyle gold medalist Jonny Moseley served as a very capable emcee for the evening, introducing all the Olympians present. Among the many Olympians were Melissa Dimino, the 1984 world speed ski record holder; Starr Walton, the 1964 women’s downhill competitor in Innsbruck; Greg Jones, 1976 bronze medal winner for combined; Jeff Hamilton, 1995 world record for skiing 150 mph and the fastest crash record; Bob Ormsby, the 1988 men’s slalom and GS in Calgary and two-time national slalom champion; Sandra Poulsen, skiied the the 1972 downhill and GS in Sapporo; Eric Poulsen, skiied the 1972 slalom, GS and downhill in Sapporo; Kirsten (Clark) Rickenbach, who won an unequaled four straight U.S. downhill titles in 1998, 2002 and 2006; Tamara McKinney, the most World Cup winnings by any American woman who competed in three winter games ” Lake Placid 1980, Sarajevo in 1984 and Calgary in 1988; Bill Hudson, 1989 combined U.S. National Champion, 2000 ESPN X Games skier cross silver medalist, and 2000 World Skier Cross Tour Champion.

After dinner a live auction ensued with several skiing and Olympic memorabilia items in the que helped raise money for the capital campaign to build the new museum in Squaw Valley, scheduled for completion in 2012.

Sharing in the Olympic Spirit were Fritzi and Bill Briner, Nancy Cushing of Squaw Valley Ski Corp, Ernst Hager, Nancy and Tom O’Neill, Sue Stout, Mickey Gregory, Eric and Nanette Poulsen, Roxie and Bob Ormsby, Gayle and Larry Tomlinson, Nancy Cunningham and Wes Schimmelpfennig, Roger Beck, Richard McLennan, Betty Dutton, Babbette Haueisen, Barbara and John Wilcox, Walter Nelson, Gillian and Russell Poulsen, Sandra Poulsen, Chiara and Ron Gajar, Nancy Cushing, Sally and Dave Gardner, Mary Ellen and Tom Beninger, Alex Kuncezynski, Barbara and Tom Moseley, Andrea and Robb Gaffney, Hans Standteiner, Homewood Mountain Resort GM Kent Hoopingarner and wife Linda, Deanna and Scott Gescheider, Kathleen Hesler and Jim Kercher (he’s the GM of Alpine Meadows ski resort), Lynn and John Fagan, Kayse and Tom Kelly, Brady and Bob McClintock, Leslie and William McClintock, Lauren and Ron Parson, Carolyn Wallace Dee, Chris and Sid Crockett and Josh Susman.

If you would like to support the Olympic Heritage Celebration committee and the Squaw Valley Museum to preserve the legacy of winter sports in North Lake Tahoe either by volunteering, co-sponsoring, or with a financial contribution, please contact the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation at 587-1776 or P.O. Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160.

” Vicki Kahn may be e-mailed at

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