Athletes showcase the best of Tahoe |

Athletes showcase the best of Tahoe

While many of us root for our alma maters during the NCAA basketball tournament, or cheer for Bay Area ball teams going into baseball season, we are, for the most part, keenly aware that Lake Tahoe is far from most “hometown” professional sports – with one notable exception: Skiing.

This week, several Lake Tahoe skiers did the Sierra proud in the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Stanley Cup of their sport. The U.S. Alpine Nationals showcased the best Tahoe athletes at nearby Mammoth Ski Resort.

Perhaps the most impressive performances for Lake Tahoe ski fans were those of South Shore’s Jonna Mendes and Olympic Valley’s Julie Mancuso. Mendes won the downhill Friday and finished seventh overall in the GS, her third top-10 finish at nationals. Mancuso continued her normal dominance, taking home five medals: two golds in the giant slalom and women’s combined; two silvers in downhill and super-G and a bronze in the slalom.

Truckee’s Daron Rahlves won Saturday’s super-G, taking home gold, and finished ninth in the GS race on Tuesday.

Young guns on the circuit also made a fine showing at nationals. South Shore’s Holly O’Brien finished 46th in Friday’s downhill; Marty Harris, also a South Shore skier, placed 59th.

It’s true we don’t have professional football, or baseball, or even soccer, but even in our little corner of the woods, some of the world’s best athletes are quietly doing their thing. And making Lake Tahoe proud.