Truckee athletes invited to Silver State Games |

Truckee athletes invited to Silver State Games

Truckee residents who never quite satisfied their Olympic dreams or who want to hone their skills for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney may want to look into participating in the 1997 Silver State Games, Nevada’s Olympic style multi-sport festival for amateur athletes.

The games begin with Opening Day Ceremonies July 11; most events will be contested the weekend of July 12-13 at venues and sites in Carson City.

Sports scheduled to be contested during the Silver State games this year include: basketball, bowling, boxing, cycling, mountain biking, gymnastics, team handball, in-line skating, powerlifting, judo, karate, road racing, softball, BMX cycling, skateboarding, soccer, swimming, taekwondo, fencing, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and track and field.

Patterned after the Olympic Games, the Silver State games encourages participation of all ages and skill-levels of athletes. According to Silver State Games President Jim Vanden Heuvel, the games are designed to bring athletes together in a spirit of friendship and competition.

“The games are for people to come and enjoy participating in a recreational setting,” Vanden Heuvel said.

The parade of athletes and opening ceremonies for the games are scheduled for July 11 at 8 p.m. in Mills Park in Carson City. Athletes participating in the games are invited to walk in the parade. The 1964 gold medalist in the 10,000-meter run, Billy Mills, will be on hand to address the athletes and light the Silver State Games flame. Admission for all spectators is free. Also scheduled for that night at 6:30 p.m. is the first event of the Silver State Games, the Nevada Appeal/Fleet Feet five-kilometer run.

Truckee residents are eligible for the games because Truckee lies within the state’s interscholastic governing body (NIAA) area. Residents from California towns South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Susanville, Markleeville, Bishop and Bridgeport are also eligible for the games.

For information on how to enter the Silver State Games, call (702) 882-5441.

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