Some of the top athletes in the world call their home Reno Tahoe! Below are a dozen names to follow on their journey to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, with excerpts from their bios. Go TEAM USA!
Reno, NV – freeskiing halfpipe
Growing up around Lake Tahoe has its advantages, especially if you’re David Wise. Cliff jumping, bouncing on the trampoline and mountain biking in the summer, plus world-class skiing in the winter, have helped Wise develop into one of the top young halfpipe skiers in the nation.
Wise started skiing at age three at Sky Tavern on the outskirts of Reno. From there he quickly moved on to ski racing at Mt. Rose, Nevada. After getting into trouble repeatedly for skiing the terrain park during racing practice, breaking expensive race skis on jumps and constantly nagging his parents, they finally let their son try freeskiing.
South Lake Tahoe, CA – freeskiing halfpipe
Bowman’s first X Games gold in 2013, a bronze at X Games Tignes and victories at both stops of the VISA U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix made for a sweet ski season. Top it all off with her first AFP halfpipe title and that wraps it for the 2013 winter. With this kind of momentum, it’s looking good looking towards Sochi.
Squaw Valley, CA – ski racing giant slalom, downhill, combined
Born in Reno, she has captured more major championship medals than any other American woman with eight – three Olympic and five World Championship.
Here’s the CNN-style highlight reel: podiums in four of six Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G races, finishing second in the standings when the final race of the season was canceled…super G bronze at the World Championships, the fifth Worlds medal of her decorated career…fourth in the World Cup overall standings for the second straight season…and to cap it, a record-extending 16th U.S. title with a giant slalom victory at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Whew!
Reno, NV – snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle
Came from humble beginnings and became a pro snowboarder in 2006 after moving to Reno Tahoe.
Guldemond made some noise in 2013, starting off with a second at the Breckenridge Dew Tour in December and a solid win at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain in January. Then he placed fourth at X Games Tignes and third at the Burton U.S. Open to close off a strong season.
Lake Tahoe, CA – snowboard slopestyle
The Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, Russia has added her strongest discipline which is in slopestyle, giving her the opportunity to go strive for Olympic hardware. Her style and ability to charge enormous features sets her apart from the rest of the women’s field. She is a positive young athlete with a bright future ahead, at the young age of 22 she has already made a mark and is considered a veteran, in a sport she has helped advance and will continue to advance for many years to come.
Squaw Valley, CA – ski racing
The Squaw Valley charger posted top 30 finishes in all but two World Cup downhills last season, including a career best seventh on the gnarly Stelvio speed track in Bormio, Italy. Add it all up and he pinned a personal best 18th in the season-long downhill standings. He then celebrated by winning super G gold at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on his home snow in Squaw.
Big Mountain skiing is what it’s all about and what better place to learn than Squaw Valley.
Truckee, CA – ski racing
Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He learned to go fast on some of the gnarliest terrain at Squaw Valley and was a promising four-event skier before he started to concentrate on downhill. It’s all about the speed. For Sullivan, the 2013 season proved to be his best since he rocked his first World Cup win in 2008.
Squaw Valley, CA – Snowboardcross
With seven X Games gold medals Nate Holland has enough precious metal to gild his driveway by now. Let’s see if he can collect a few more in Sochi.
Reno, NV – Alpine Skiing
As told by the man himself, “Since I lived in Tahoe, I grew up freeskiing all my youth and in that freeskiing, I found I enjoyed the thrill of racing. I’ve been doing both ever since.”
Truckee, CA – snowboard halfpipe
Now that Danny Davis has won the X Games Halfpipe Gold, he will focus on winning the Olympic Gold in Sochi.
Truckee/University of Nevada, Reno/Mammoth – alpine skiing
Cook started skiing at four with her father at various Lake Tahoe ski areas and races in the low-key Buddy Werner League events run by Truckee’s recreation department. “When I was about 10, I got a scholarshp to the Northstar (racing) program and I won the first race. That’s when I got serious.”
Truckee, CA – snowboard slopestyle
Trained and competed in gymnastics growing up, and entered first snowboarding competition in 2008.