• Bennett comes up short in men’s alpine combined

    Bennett comes up short in men’s alpine combined

    By Garvin Thomas, NBC It wasn’t the result he would have hoped for in his Olympic debut. Bryce Bennett of Lake Tahoe was unable to reach the podium Tuesday (Monday in the United States) while competing in the men’s alpine combined at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.  Read the whole story

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  • Making skis strong enough for Olympians

    Making skis strong enough for Olympians

    By Marc Zupan, The Conversation Olympians expect top-notch performance from their minds and bodies, but they get crucial advantages from the very best equipment for their sports and the weather conditions they’re competing in. Skis, for example, must stand up to near-constant changes in stress during races. The ideal ski provides a stiff and rigid […]

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  • Mammoth snowboarders first and fourth in halfpipe

    Mammoth snowboarders first and fourth in halfpipe

    By Shawn Smith, NBC The expectations placed upon Chloe Kim could not have been any higher entering the PyeongChang Olympics. But the 17-year-old delivered on the biggest stage, earning her first Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboard halfpipe on Tuesday morning in South Korea. Kim set the bar extremely high on her first run, landing […]

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  • Being an Olympian does not mean being wealthy

    Being an Olympian does not mean being wealthy

    By Edward Etzel, The Conversation Recently, while sitting in traffic, I noticed a weathered bumper sticker with a little acoustic guitar on it that said: “Real musicians have day jobs.” I presume most of us do have real day jobs, but as the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics begin, for some reason – maybe because I’m an […]

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  • Lack of snow impacts Bridgeport Recreation Area

    Lack of snow impacts Bridgeport Recreation Area

    Due to insufficient snow depth, the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Bridgeport Ranger District is closed. This closure will remain in effect until snow depth exceeds the minimum requirement of 24 inches that is needed to open the area again to snowmobile use. Without the proper amount of snow resource damage […]

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  • Anderson defends Olympic gold in slopestyle

    Anderson defends Olympic gold in slopestyle

    By Rachel Axon, USA Today PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Jamie Anderson of Meyers is golden again.  Four years after she won gold in snowboard slopestyle’s debut in the Games, Anderson claimed another here in PyeongChang. With strong winds gusting throughout the competition, Anderson took the lead on her first run with a score of 83 and […]

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  • Snowboarding: From outcast to Olympic darling

    Snowboarding: From outcast to Olympic darling

    By Rachel Axon, USA Today In 1995, the addition of snowboarding to the Olympics wouldn’t have foretold the mainstay the sport would become at the Games. Known for being counterculture, the sport was banned at many ski resorts. The X Games were a little more than a year away from holding its first winter edition. […]

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  • Tahoe’s Bennett doesn’t let height hurt him on slopes

    Tahoe’s Bennett doesn’t let height hurt him on slopes

    By Elliott Almond, Bay Area News Group They dismissed him as too tall. They said his size 15 feet were too big an obstacle. They told his parents it just couldn’t be done. But 6-foot-7 Bryce Bennett dreamed of growing into a top downhill ski racer anyway. “There’s a first time for everything,” he once […]

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  • The first USFS ranger station at Tahoe

    The first USFS ranger station at Tahoe

    By Don Lane Four years after it was discovered in 1844 by explorer John Charles Fremont, the Lake Tahoe Basin saw an influx of people attracted to the 1848 discovery of gold nearby. Fortunately, there were few gold nuggets in the streams around the lake and the basin was largely left unchanged. However, just a […]

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  • How a thrill-seeking personality helps Olympic athletes

    How a thrill-seeking personality helps Olympic athletes

    By Kenneth Carter, The Conversation One of the main draws of the Winter Olympics is the opportunity to witness some of the most exciting and nail-biting athletic feats. The daring events include the bobsled and downhill skiing. Then there’s the terrifying skeleton: Imagine barreling down a narrow chute of twisted ice-coated concrete at 125 miles […]

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