Sierra-at-Tahoe to celebrate South Shore Olympians
With the 2018 Winter Olympics now in the books, the South Shore community is invited to come out and celebrate local Olympians and Sierra-at-Tahoe athletes Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, Hannah Teter and Kyle Smaine.
It will be a day-long celebration Saturday, March 3. The four will be at Champions Plaza in South Lake Tahoe from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to show off medals in front of the bronze statue that was unveiled last October.
The party will shift to Sierra-at-Tahoe for the rest of the day with the athletes showing up at their home mountain at 11:30 a.m.
A welcome home presentation will feature Sierra general manager John Rice and a South Lake Tahoe dignitary (to be announced).
A VIP party, silent auction with a DJ and live music will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Solstice Eatery.
The silent auction will feature items signed by the athletes with all proceeds going to Protect Our Winters (POW), an organization supported by several of the athletes.
Anderson made Olympic history in the recent games by taking gold in women’s snowboard slopestyle, an event she also won during the 2014 Winter Games. She also won silver in big air in South Korea.
Bowman, who won the gold medal in the ski halfpipe during the 2014 Winter Games, was unable to defend her spot atop the sport. She finished 11th in the recent games.
Teter won gold in 2006 in Torino, Italy and silver in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada in snowboard halfpipe. She came up short in her attempt to qualify for the 2018 games.
Smaine also came up short despite a victory in the men’s ski halfpipe at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain — the final qualifying event before the games in PyeongChang, South Korea.