Overall, the 2014 Winter Olympics were a success for the United States, which brought home 28 medals. The U.S. sent 230 athletes to the games in Sochi, Russia, and came out in second place in the medal count. 17 of the 230 athletes came home from Sochi with medals, eight of which were gold. Eight of the 230 athletes hailed from Lake Tahoe, making up roughly 3.5% of the U.S. Olympians. Four of them came home with medals:
- Jamie Anderson (Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle) – Gold
- Maddie Bowman (Women’s Ski Halfpipe) – Gold
- David Wise (Men’s Ski Halfpipe) – Gold
- Julia Mancuso (Women’s Alpine Ski Super Combined) – Bronze
Lake Tahoe contributed eight highly talented athletes, proving once again to be a training ground for some of the top athletes in the world.
Feeling inspired? You are in luck. Lake Tahoe is the best place to come and test out your skills and train like the Olympians do. For slopestyle devotees, Heavenly is hosting the North Face Park + Pipe Open Series on March 13-15. If you are a racer, Heavenly Mountain Resort offers Epic Mix Racing on Saturdays and Sundays. Here you can lean into those edges, feel the need for speed and race against your friends, family and even former Olympian Lindsey Vonn’s record time for the course. Ante Up and Groove terrain parks at Heavenly are the perfect place to get tricky and show off some style. Train like the Olympians do and GO ALL IN. Start small and work your way up, you will be impressed with your progression.
Other awesome Olympic stats:
- Bode Miller won his 6th Olympic medal.
- Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women’s slalom Olympic champion ever.
- The first-ever Slopestyle skiing event was swept by athletes from the United States.
Mikaila Bird, Snow Reporter and TV Show Producer