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Author talks 1960 Squaw Olympics

With little more than a month before the Winter Olympics begin in Russia, author David Antonucci will discuss Lake Tahoe’s own Olympic history.

The author presents his most recent work, “Images of Sports: The 1960 Winter Olympics,” at the South Lake Tahoe Branch of El Dorado County Library Tuesday.

The book features rare images of the Squaw Valley Olympics by official Olympic photographer Bill Briner, photos from public and private collections and oral histories from Olympic athletes and officials, according to the book’s description on www.amazon.com.

“The 1960 Olympic Winter Games were a long-shot effort that succeeded beyond the wildest expectations,” according to the description. “Working in a sparsely populated valley in the Sierra Nevada with only rudimentary facilities, organizers created a world-class Olympic site in four short years. For the only time in Olympic history, the venues and athlete residence halls were located in a compact, intimate setting that encouraged sportsmanship and interaction between athletes. There was elaborate pageantry in the ceremonies and decorations. The underdog American ice hockey team won the first-ever USA gold medal in that sport. American figure skaters swept gold in the individual events. Well-trained Soviet and Scandinavian athletes dominated the speed skating and cross-country skiing events. American women proved their mettle in the Alpine skiing events. German skiers made surprise upsets in the Nordic combined and ski jumping contests. And CBS-TV was there to capture the most exciting moments and make groundbreaking live broadcasts to American audiences.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 2, 2014 03:30PM Published Dec 31, 2013 02:26PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.