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Keeping the flame alive at Tahoe

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
Vicki Kahn / Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com1960s Olympic Nordic skier Joe Pete Wilson, left, looks at photos from the 1960 Olympics shot by official photographer Bill Briner.
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HOMEWOOD, Calif. and#8212; North Tahoe has a rich Olympic Heritage. This heritage and and#8220;keeping the flame aliveand#8221; was celebrated Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, 2012 at a fundraiser/mixer at the West Shore Cafe. The gathering was part of a week-long Olympic Heritage Celebration. The funds raised will be used to maintain the free interpretive Nordic ski trails at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Tahoe’s West Shore, segments of which are the original trails used for the 1960 Olympics.

Several Olympians from the 1960 Olympics were on hand to meet and greet supporters including Martin Hollay (who also raced in the 1958 Snowshoe Thompson race), Joe Pete Wilson, Peter Lahdenpera, Squaw Valley Alpine skier Osvaldo Ancinas, and 10-time Truckee Paralympian Candace Cable. The North Tahoe Historical Society and California State Parks assembled tables of interesting memorabilia from those Olympic Nordic events.

Tasty hors d’oeuvres were passed as guests mingled, viewed 1960 winter Olympic continuous slide show and bid on silent auction items. Students from Shauna Gilberti’s Tahoe Music Institute provided delightful background music during the course of the evening.