On the trail | Tahoe students cross paths with Olympic history | SierraSun.com

On the trail | Tahoe students cross paths with Olympic history

Courtesy photoFrom left: Olympians Joe Pete Wilson 1960, cross country team Martin Hollay 1960, Biathlon range and course construction Peter Ladenpera 1960 Cross country team and Bill Lindemann speak to students.

Last Wednesday more than 200 third and fifth graders from lakeside schools absorbed important local history on the same trails that Olympian athletes cross-country skied 50 years ago at Ed Zand#8217;berg Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Tahoe Lake Elementary, Kings Beach Elementary and North Tahoe School students not only learned about the 1960 Olympic Nordic events that occurred in the region, but also got first-hand experience when they donned cross-country skis. Third grade teacher Claire Boyle, parent Sue Rae Ireland and the Olympic Heritage Celebration committee organized the field trip.

California State Parks Regional Interpretive Specialist Bill Lindemann explained the impact the Olympics had on the area.

and#8220;The legacy of the 1960 Olympics is a fundamental part of our winter culture at Tahoe and many past Olympians, Olympic staff and volunteers are part of our community,and#8221; notes Lindemann. and#8220;Many Olympic firsts occurred in 1960 and that makes Squaw Valley and the West Shore of Lake Tahoe important to the international Olympic community.and#8221;

Also on hand to share their Olympic memories were 1960 cross-country ski team members Joe Pete Wilson and Peter Ladenpera, and 1960 biathlon range and course construction engineer Martin Hollay.

Equipment was provided by West Shore Sports, Tahoe Cross-Country Center, Tahoe Daves and Granlibakken.

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