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Released on: 12/22/2009

(Tahoe City, Calif.) – Granlibakken (, Lake Tahoe’s original ski resort will be hosting the 1960 Nordic Olympian Dinner, Friday, Jan. 15 from 6 – 9:00 p.m. as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the VIII Winter Olympics at Lake Tahoe.

The Olympic Heritage Celebration throughout January, 2010 recounts the events that put Lake Tahoe on the map.

The Nordic Olympian Dinner will honor participants from the 1960 Nordic Events. Current Tahoe Olympic participants will be invited to the event and the community is welcome. Tickets are $25 per person by calling (530) 583-4242 or at The dinner will be a “moveable feast” featuring several food stations, each with its own international flavor and chef.

Biathlete Joe Pete Wilson, one of the principal speakers, will introduce other Olympians and Olympica Family: coaches, course designers, groomers and supporters. Wilson and other affiliates of the 1960 Winter Olympics will share stories, reminiscing on events and historical significance of the era leading up to event that introduced Lake Tahoe to the world.

A multimedia presentation simultaneously shown on three screens will feature rare film footage, slides and vintage photos of the winter that shaped Lake Tahoe. Items from the 1960 Winter Games will be on display, courtesy of the Sugarpine Point State Park Museum, flags from the 30 countries that competed.

While dessert is served, a meet-and-greet with Olympic athletes will provide time for autographs. Author Dave Antonucci will attend the event, sign and sell copies of new book, Snowball's Chance, the story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Olympic photographer Bill Briner, featured in Snowball’s Chance will also attend the dinner.

“Our Olympic roots run deep, tracing back to the 1932 Olympic ski trials held right here at Granlibakken,” said resort manager Kay Williams. “We are proud to join our community in celebrating our heritage as the country prepares for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.”

Granlibakken is a hop, skip and ski jump away from the event’s activities, including an Olympic Biathlon Re-enactment, Cross Country Ski Fair and commemorative races at Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Pine Point State Park. Granlibakken has stay and ski lodging packages from $109, including a complimentary hot breakfast, lift ticket and round-trip transportation to nearby ski resorts. Visit for more information.



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