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South Lake Tahoe at the Winter Olympics 2018

There must be something in the water in Lake Tahoe. How else can you explain the abnormally high percentage of Olympic gold medalists and world champion athletes that call Lake Tahoe home?

Next time you're driving through South Lake Tahoe, be sure to swing by the Champions Plaza, located on the corner of U.S. 50 and Lakeview Avenue across from Lakeview Commons and take a selfie with the 11-foot bronze sculpture inspired by local Olympic athletes.

With just a few days to the Winter Olympics 2018, we had the pleasure to meet and interview some of the finest athletes in South Lake Tahoe and Olympic gold medalist to find out what it is that makes Lake Tahoe so extraordinary.

Lake Tahoe native Maddie Bowman has won her way again to make her way on the U.S. Olympic Team at the Winter Olympics 2018 in PyeongChang. Maddie made history in Sochi, becoming the first Olympic gold medalist in women’s halfpipe skiing and has an opportunity to defend it!

Lake Tahoe native, Hannah Teter is an American snowboarder and is working toward her fourth straight Winter Olympics. Teter is a three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist. She won gold in 2006 in Torino, Italy, and silver in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. Teter is known for her big amplitude, consistency, and technically sound runs.

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson has always had success at Dew Tour events. As the top American woman on the podium, Anderson qualified for her second Winter Olympics and earned the chance to defend her title in PyeongChang in February. She will also be able to add a medal in another event as all slopestyle riders will also compete in the big air as it makes its Olympic debut.

South Lake Tahoe’s Kyle Smaine turned heads in 2015 when he won the halfpipe FIS World Ski Championships in Austria. Smaine put his name into contention to make the 2018 USA team after winning the final men’s halfpipe competition at the U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort on Friday, Jan. 19. Unfortunately, Smaine, who has the fifth most points for an American in the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup standings, was not among the four skiers chosen to represent the US.

Truly the crown jewel of the High Sierra, Lake Tahoe strategically straddles two states bringing together California’s laidback vibe and Nevada’s anything goes attitude. One of the most beloved ski regions on the planet and we are stoked to have some of the best skiers and Olympians in our town! Don’t miss out on the Winter Olmypics which begin February 9th through February 25.

For a complete list of all Olympic events: https://www.olympic.org/

For a television schedule for all events: http://www.nbcolympics.com/

Spirit of Competition Sculpture - Photo Credit Lake Tahoe News

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Valerie Lomeli

Valerie Lomeli is a city girl turned mountain girl and all things Lake Tahoe. Retreating to Lake Tahoe for over 25 years, Tahoe has always played a special role in her life adventures. She grew up in Southern California, lived in San Francisco for four years, and now calls Lake Tahoe home! In her free time, she is out mountain biking, paddle boarding, skiing or relaxing at the lake. Truly a work hard play hard individual!

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