Daron Rahlves tribute, parade planned for Saturday
After a whirlwind victory in St. Anton, Austria, at the World Alpine Ski Championships, super-G world champion Daron Rahlves will be returning home on Saturday, Feb. 17 to a hero’s welcome.
Festivities, fireworks and music will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Truckee Train Depot.
Daron will arrive via police escort at 7 p.m. to receive a decree of success from the people of Truckee presented by Truckee Mayor Don McCormack.
In addition, a written proclamation by California Gov. Gray Davis will be presented to the new World Champion.
Music will be provided by the Truckee Middle School jazz band, and ski industry dignitaries will be on hand for the celebration.
Rahlves, the official skiing ambassador of Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, returned to the Truckee area over the holidays and attributes his recent success on the World Cup to “a good holiday rest and some fun skiing at home (Sugar Bowl).”
In a come-from-behind victory, Rahlves defeated the home-favored Austrians to capture first place in the men’s super-G race by .08 seconds.
This was the first gold medal won by a U.S. man since Steve Mahre won the super-G in 1982.
Sugar Bowl representatives are proud to be associated with this incredible athlete and encourage everyone to attend the celebration.
“He [Daron] is a home-town legend and we want to make sure he gets the recognition he deserves. In Europe he is like a rock star right now – he is a hero and we are excited to welcome him home as such,” said Sugar Bowl Marketing Director Greg Murtha.
Parking for the festivities will be limited and visitors are encouraged to arrive early and car pool.
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