Community Olympians

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.


PRESENT

Mark Engel
Age: 26. Grew up in Tahoe Donner and had his first race at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort. U.S. slalom skier.

  • Winter Olympics: Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018

Annika Taylor
Age: 24. Truckee local who grew up skiing at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. British cross country skier.

  • Winter Olympics: Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018

Russell Kennedy
Age: 26. Grew up in Tahoe Donner and skied at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. Canadian cross country skier.

  • Winter Olympics: Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018

Tim Jitloff
Age 33. Grew up in Tahoe Donner and attended Truckee High School. U.S. Alpine skier.

  • Winter Olympics: Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018 | Sochi 2014 | Vancouver 2010

Joanne Reid
Age: 25. Grew up skiing in Truckee and currently lives in Boulder, CO. U.S. biathlete.

  • Winter Olympics: Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018

Stacey Cook
Age 33. Truckee native currently living in Mammoth, CA. U.S. Alpine skier

  • Winter Olympics: Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018 | Sochi 2014 | Vancouver 2010 | Turin 2006

PAST

Glenn Jobe
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.

  • Winter Olympics: Lake Placid 1980

Katernina Nash
Age: 40. Past Truckee resident, longtime mentor and coach to local Nordic skiers and cyclists. Czech cross country skier and mountain biker.

  • Summer Olympics: London 2012 | Rio 2016 | Atlanta 1996.
  • Winter Olympics: Salt Lake City 2002 | Nagano 1998

Marcus Nash
Age: 46. Past Truckee resident, mentor and coach to local Nordic skiers. U.S. cross country skier.

  • Winter Olympics: Nagano, 1998 | Lillehammer 1994

Kristine Krone
Age 49. Grew up in Truckee and coached race strategy in Tahoe Donner. Owner of Wild Cherries Coffee House. U.S. Alpine skier.

  • Winter Olympics: Albertville 1992
  • Winter Olympics: Calgary 1988

FUTURE

Hannah Halvorson
Age: 19. Tahoe Donner local. U.S. cross country skier

  • Aiming to medal at Cross Country World Junior Championships and Beijing 2022.