When it comes to the Winter Olympics, Tahoe Donner is and always has been a training ground for world-class athletes.
Hard work, dreams and fortitude: the ingredients needed to make it to the sporting world’s largest stage never change. As the buzz increases around the 23rd Winter Games, a quick survey of past, present and future Olympians and Olympic hopefuls found that Tahoe Donner plays a key role in developing top-tier talent.
Age: 26. Grew up in Tahoe Donner and had his first race at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort. U.S. slalom skier.
Age: 24. Truckee local who grew up skiing at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. British cross country skier.
Age: 26. Grew up in Tahoe Donner and skied at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. Canadian cross country skier.
Age 33. Grew up in Tahoe Donner and attended Truckee High School. U.S. Alpine skier.
Age: 25. Grew up skiing in Truckee and currently lives in Boulder, CO. U.S. biathlete.
Age 33. Truckee native currently living in Mammoth, CA. U.S. Alpine skier
Age: 66. Former Truckee resident who was the first manager at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. Currently coaches biathlon at the Auburn Ski Club. U.S. biathlete.
Age: 40. Past Truckee resident, longtime mentor and coach to local Nordic skiers and cyclists. Czech cross country skier and mountain biker.
Age: 46. Past Truckee resident, mentor and coach to local Nordic skiers. U.S. cross country skier.
Age 49. Grew up in Truckee and coached race strategy in Tahoe Donner. Owner of Wild Cherries Coffee House. U.S. Alpine skier.
Age: 19. Tahoe Donner local. U.S. cross country skier