Dog from Truckee gets Olympic role |

Dog from Truckee gets Olympic role

Chevy Rahlves, the dog of United States Alpine ski star Daron Rahlves, is seen in the main square in Sestriere, Italy, Thursday. Chevy usually accompanies Rahlves and his wife, Michelle, as they travel the World Cup circuit in a motor home; however, to attend the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Chevy was required to be accredited. (AP Photo / Luca Bruno)

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) – These Olympics are going to the dogs.

Just ask Chevy Rahlves.

Chevy’s the butterscotch-and-white Siberian husky with the wild eyes that belongs to U.S. Ski Team star Daron Rahlves of Truckee.

Wherever he goes around this Alpine resort, Chevy dutifully wears an official-issue pass around his neck – the kind of pass that confers serious access.

The plastic-sheathed pass reads “Chevy Rahlves/Skiing/Security” and includes a photo of the pooch looking off into the distance, as if deep in thought.

The Torino Organizing Committee, which doles out accreditation to athletes, team officials and journalists, said it had no such name on record.

Where did this mystery lead?

Right to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

“We thought it would be a little bit of a joke for the dog to have a pass,” said USOC spokesman Cecil Bleiker. “That way he’s official.”

For the record: The dog’s tag lets USOC security know he should be allowed into the team’s hotel and office areas.

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