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Celebrate Olympic heritage in Lake Tahoe starting this weekend

Pettit Gilwee
Special to the Sun
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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; North Lake Tahoe honors its roots Jan. 8-17, 2010 with the Olympic Heritage Celebration, which officially kicks off with a Commemorative Relay torch run from the West Shore to Squaw Valley.

Spectators are welcome Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 as the torch is lighted and runners depart at 9 a.m. from Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore, home to the 1960 Winter Olympic Cross Country events.

From there the relay will continue up the West Shore to Homewood Mountain Resort (10:45 a.m.), Sunnyside Resort (11:40 a.m.), Granlibakken Resort (noon), Heritage Plaza in Tahoe City (12:35 p.m.), along Highway 89 to the entrance of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort (1:15 p.m.), and then up Squaw Valley Road to the Resort at Squaw Creek (2:25 p.m.), onto the Resort at Squaw Creek ski lift (2:45 p.m.) and then to the top of the Red Dog Run (3:05 p.m.), skied down to Squaw Valley USA, which was the primary host of 1960 Winter Olympics, and then arriving at the Village at Squaw (3:30 p.m.) for the Opening Celebration.

Paralympian Bill Bowness, who represented the USA at the Winter Paralympics in Lillehammer in 1992, will carry the torch into Squaw Valley. He took home three alpine medals in four events and is the technical director at Disabled Sports USA Far West in charge staff training and their new and#8220;High Performance Teamand#8221; geared toward developing adaptive racers and potential Paralympians.

Guests can follow the torch, an accurate reproduction of the one used in 1960, as it progresses from point to point. Squaw Valley USA, which is also marking the mountain’s 60th birthday, will be hosting the Opening Celebration in the Village at Squaw at 4 p.m. with fireworks to follow at the KT-22 Sun Deck. Later that evening is a 1960 Olympians’ Reception at the Squaw Valley Lodge.

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, includes a Biathlon Re-enactment at Sugar Pine Point State Park, 1960 Retro Party at the Olympic House in Squaw Valley and the Shootings Stars Slalom Exhibition at Squaw Valley USA.

The Commemorative Relay is hosted by California State Parks, Squaw Valley USA, the West Shore Association, Squaw Valley Business Association, the Tahoe City Downtown Association, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Homewood Mountain Ski Resort.


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