With Lake Tahoe and Sierra ski resorts so close to Reno (Heavenly Valley actually spans the border with California), Reno media treat athletes from the region as “locals”. Most of us in rural northern Nevada get our television signal from Reno, so we adopt those athletes as our own too. There are a lot of “local” athletes at the Sochi Olympics, and they have acquitted themselves pretty well four days into the Games.
Jamie Anderson from South Lake Tahoe won the gold medal in the inaugural women’s Snowboard Slopestyle event. Karly Shorr of Truckee finished the qualifying round high enough to automatically move to the finals, where she finished sixth. Unfortunately, in the men’s event, Reno’s Chas Guldemond and Truckee’s Ryan Stassel failed to make the final round. They finished 15th and 14th respectively.
Men’s Downhill skiing was held over the weekend. Trevor Ganong from Squaw Valley (home of the 1960 Olympics) had a great run on the longest-ever Olympic downhill course, finishing fifth. Marco Sullivan, whose home is also in Squaw Valley, finished a distant 30th.
Women’s Super Combined began with the downhill race on Sunday and the slalom portion Monday. Stacey Cook of Mammoth Mountain (this is getting a bit far from Reno, but the Reno Gazette-Journal labels it “local”) did not finish the downhill. Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso came away with the bronze medal after both sections of the event.
Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe begins on Tuesday. “Locals” Greg Bretz and Danny Davis will compete.