Tahoe’s Winter Athletes Go For The Gold in PyeongChang

Since the 1960 Winter Olympics were held at Squaw Valley, the Lake Tahoe area has been steeped in Olympic heritage and known for rearing some of the world’s top winter athletes including Tamara McKinney, Daron Rahlves, Julia Mancuso, Jonny Moseley, Jeff Hamilton, Nate Holland…and the list goes on.

Here’s a list of talent with Reno-Tahoe roots who are in pursuit of Gold at the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Go Team Tahoe!

Jamie Anderson

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


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




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


Stacey Cook

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event: Downhill
Hometown: Mammoth (born in Truckee)
Home Mountain/Team/Club: Mammoth Mountain Ski Team
Olympic Experience: This is Cook’s 4thOlympics. 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.



Mark Engel

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



Tim Jitloff

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


David Wise

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.

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

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.