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Tahoe’s Olympic roots celebrated at Granlibakken’s Nordic Legends Dinner

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Olympic greatness returns to Lake Tahoe Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 with the Nordic Legends Dinner at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge featuring 1960 Olympic medal winner Joe Pete Wilson.

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The event is part of Olympic Heritage Celebration week, Jan. 11-19. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar House Pub and features live music, Olympic athletes from around the region, presentations and an all-inclusive gourmet dinner prepared by Granlibakken head chef Rob Eber, featuring Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Hungarian dishes. The cost is $35 and reservations are required. Call 530-581-7582 or email to ensure your spot.

Cedar House Pub will donate 50% of the evening’s profits to the Sierra State Parks Olympic Snow Trail Restoration efforts.

Guest speakers include Nordic Olympian Wilson who represented the U.S. along with his teammates in the 1960 Olympics held at Squaw Valley. The team won the bronze medal in the four-man bobsledding event.

It is widely held that the seeds of Squaw’s Olympic glory were sown at Granlibakken, famous for its Olympic Hill ski jump and home of the 1932 ski jumping trials. Guest speakers will talk about Tahoe and its contributions to Nordic skiing and the Olympics.

Wilson, a well-known administrator in the resort industry, a founder of what would become the Cross Country Ski Areas Association and author of several books, is now a consultant with Granlibakken’s ski and sled operation.

Olympic Heritage Celebration week champions Tahoe’s place in Olympic history with special events, guided snowshoe tours and meet and greets with past Olympians. Don’t miss your chance to relive Olympic history!


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