XXIII Winter Olympic Games | Tahoe athletes eye Gold

Olympic frenzy is officially under way. The Winter Games Opening Ceremony is set for Feb. 9, and the Tahoe-Reno region is sending local athletes in pursuit of Gold to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games.

For details on the Olympics and the athletes, visit olympic.org or teamusa.org. The Winter Games will be aired on NBC, with coverage also available on the Olympic Channel at olympicchannel.com.

Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson
Age: 28
Sport: Snowboarding
Event: Slopestyle
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe
Home Mountain/Team/Club: Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation
Olympic Experience: 2018 will be Anderson’s 2nd Olympics. She won gold in Sochi in 2014.

Anderson became the youngest Winter X-Games medalist when she won a bronze medal in 2006 at age 15. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, traveling, yoga, listening to music, dancing and going to the beach. | jamieandersonsnow.com


Alpine Skier Bryce Bennett


Bryce Bennett
Age: 26
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event: Downhill, Alpine Combined, Giant Slalom (TBD)
Hometown: Tahoe City
Home Mountain/Team/Club: Squaw Valley Ski Team, Squaw Valley
Olympic Experience: This is Bennett’s first Olympics.

Bennett’s father was a telemark racer and his mother worked at Alpine Meadows Resort. He began skiing at age 2.Bennett used to be a BMX racer. His hobbies include golfing, mountain biking, NASCAR and fishing. Bennett is the tallest member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic. |usskiandsnowboard.org


Halfpipe Skier Maddie Bowman

Name: Maddie Bowman
Age: 24
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Event: Halfpipe
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe
Team/Club/Home Mountain: Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation
Olympic Experience: Bowman won Olympic gold in Halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. This will be Bowman’s second Olympics.

Bowman burst onto the Halfpipe scene in 2012, and into the history books two years later by winning the first Olympic gold medal in women’s Halfpipe skiing. Her father competed for the U.S. National Alpine Ski Team. Bowman played soccer through high school, winning a state championship. Her hobbies include mountain biking, hiking and boating. | sierraattahoe.com


Alpine Skier Stacey Cook

Stacey Cook
Age: 34
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event: Downhill
Hometown: Mammoth (born in Truckee)
Home Mountain/Team/Club: Mammoth Mountain Ski Team
Olympic Experience: This is Cook’s 4th Olympics. She competed on the Olympic Team in 2006, 2010, 2014.

Cook started skiing at age 4 with her father at various Tahoe ski areas and raced in the low-key Buddy Werner League events run by Truckee’s recreation department. She eventually shifted to the Mammoth Mountain ski-racing program. Her hobbies include mountain biking.
| staceycook.net


Alpine Skier Mark Engel

Mark Engel
Age: 27
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Events: Slalom
Hometown: Truckee
Home Mountain/Team/Club: Sugar Bowl Ski Academy, Tahoe Donner Ski Resort
Olympic Experience: This is Engels first Olympic

Engel’s started skiing at age 2 and made his first turns at Tahoe Donner. He moved on to ski at Alpine Meadows and then joined the race program at Sugar Bowl. His first race was at age 7. His hobbies are travel, playing music and skydiving. Engel is represented by Sweet Salt Records label and has released his own album. | facebook.com/markengelskiing

Alpine Skier Tim Jitloff

Tim Jitloff
Age: 33
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event: Giant Slalom
Hometown: Reno, Nev.
Home Mountain/Team/Club: Currently Jitloff is with the Park City Ski Team. His former home mountains include Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
Olympic Experience: This will be Jitloff’s 3rd Olympics. He competed in the 2010 and the 2014 games.

Jitloff learned to ski at age 2 at Alpine Meadows. He’s fluent in German. His hobbies include electric guitar, traveling, scuba diving and golfing. He is recognized as won of best Giant Slalom skiers in the world. | timjitloff.com


Halfpipe Skier David Wise

David Wise
Age: 28
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Event: Halfpipe
Hometown: Reno, Nev.
Olympic Experience: This is Wise’s 2nd time competing in the Olympics. He won gold in the halfpipe at the Sochi games in 2014.

Wise became the first Olympic champion in Men’s Ski Halfpipe when the sport debuted on the Olympic program in 2014. Wise is married with two children. He began skiing at age 3 and started skiing professionally at age 18. He followed in his father’s footsteps and began as a ski racer. Wise turned to freestyle skiing when he was 11 years old. His hobbies include biking, and playing volleyball and softball.
| mrdavidwise.com


Olympic Cross Country skier Russell Kennedy

Russell Kennedy
(Team Canada)
Age: 26
Sport: Cross-Country Skiing
Hometown: Canmore, Alberta, Canada (born in Truckee)
Home Mountain/Team/Club: Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Olympic Experience: This is his first Olympics

Kennedy was first on skis at age 2 in the Truckee region. He started cross-country skiing competitively in middle school and was a member of the Auburn Ski Club Team. He moved from California to Canmore in 2010 to further his skiing career. | olympic.ca


Alpine Skiing
Alpine skiing is divided into speed events and technical events they include the Downhill Skiing, Super-G, Giant Slalom (GS) and the Slalom. The alpine combined brings together the Downhill and Slalom. A new event in 2018 sees teams of four (two men, two women) competing against one another on parallel slalom courses.

Competitors perform jumps and tricks. Big air is a new event for PyeongChang and involves huge leaps and aerial routines. Snowboard Cross is a race involving four competitors riding down challenging terrain.

Giant Slalom
The Giant Slalom is an alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding discipline. It involves skiing between sets of gates spaced at a greater distance to each other than in regular slalom, but less than in Super-G.

A Super-G course consists of widely set gates that racers must pass through. The course is set so that skiers must turn more than in downhill, though the speeds are still much higher than in Giant Slalom (hence the name).

Athlete’s ski or snowboard down a course including a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other terrain park features.

Freestyle skiing and snowboarding involves aerial acrobatics including flips, spins and twists performed while gliding down the ski slopes on various courses. Freestyle combines speed, showmanship and the ability to perform aerial maneuvers while skiing or riding.

Halfpipe uses a snow-covered sloping channel or ramps for snowboarders and skiers to perform jumps and maneuvers.