Tahoe Olympics

Olympic skiing superstars Tamara McKinney and Jonny Mosely have jumped on the bandwagon to bring the Winter Games back to Lake Tahoe. No need to mark your calendar yet, as the first available date is 2022.


McKinney and Mosely are joined on the Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee by speedskater Andy Gabel; ice hockey player Bret Hedican; and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. The Winter Olympics were last held in the region in 1960 when Squaw Valley hosted the event – the first ever to be televised.


Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows CEO Andy Wirth is the acting head of the new coalition organization and said the group “looks forward to integrating the influence of these great champions into each and every aspect of our effort.”


McKinney, who grew up in Lake Tahoe and is now a local realtor in appropriately named Olympic Valley, won 18 FIS World Cup events, and holds three World Championship medals. She finished in fourth place in the slalom in the Sarajevo Olympics.


“It (Lake Tahoe) is a magical place with great mountains that would anchor some of the most breathtaking downhill skiing events in history,” she said.


Mosely, who won the gold medal in freestyle at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan in 1998, said the “world took a chance on making Squaw Valley its choice for the Olympics. We’re proud to invite everyone back.”


The Winter Olympics will be staged in Sochi, Russia in 2014 and in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.


Other U.S. regions expected to vie for the selection as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s choice include Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colo.; Bozeman, Mont.; and Anchorage, Alaska. Salt Lake successfully hosted the 2002 Games, while Denver was awarded the Games in 1976, but then backed out when voters rejected them. 


Vail and Beaver Creek have successfully hosted two World Championships since then, and are set to host a third in 2015. The International Olympic Committee ultimately makes the decision.