Our View: Pulling for the red, white and Tahoe blue | SierraSun.com

Our View: Pulling for the red, white and Tahoe blue

Bring on the Winter Games. From the Truckee-Tahoe perspective, the Olympics have never looked better and brighter.Eleven – that’s right – 11 athletes from the area are competing in the two-week celebration in Torino, Italy. Historically, the area is fortunate to have several athletes competing in the Games.The touching part of having a long list of Olympians from such a small area is that these athletes have become “real” human beings to residents. They are much more than recognizable faces. They are active in their communities, giving back to the next generation of snowboarders and skiers.Some of them have worked at ski shops and driven Sno-Cats.They have touched the lives of many of the people who live here with their generosity or sharing a few minutes of their precious time. Because of their strong ties to the area, they make everyone from a first-year snowboarder to a 40-year passholder proud of them.And judging from their competitive history, this super collection of athletes won’t be in Italy just to say they were part of the Winter Games. More than half of the Olympic representatives from our region have legitimate shots at medaling.Isn’t it fitting that 46 years after the Winter Games were first held in the United States in nearby Squaw Valley, the Truckee-Tahoe has its largest collection of athletes in the Games?This editorial is excerpted from the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the Sierra Sun’s sister paper in South Lake Tahoe, from Feb. 10.

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