Squaw Valley To Host Olympic Day This Saturday

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 20, 2012 5:51 pm

Olympic Valley, California– With the smell of the Olympics in the air, Squaw Valley will play host to Olympic Celebration Day on this upcoming Saturday, June 23. The day will be filled with exciting events, including live music from Tim Snider, appearances by Olympic Ski Team member Jonny Moseley and other local Olympians, and a kids’ pentathalon in the resort’s base area. 

Squaw Valley’s Olympic Celebration Day will kick off at 3 p.m. this Saturday the 23rd, kicking off with welcome speeches by Squaw’s President and CEO Andy Wirth, along with Olympians Jonny Moseley, Tamara McKinney, and Juli Furtado. Live music will follow from Tim Snider, with music going until 5:45 p.m. The kids’ pentathlon will start at 4 p.m., featuring high jump, long jump, 100 yard dash, tricycle race and a balance beam. The pentathlon is sure to be a great way to spend the afternoon and is rated for kids ages 3 through 15.

“We are excited to take part in Olympic Day and inspire kids in the Lake Tahoe community,” said Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley’s president and CEO. “Squaw Valley is proud to support the Olympic Movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives.”

Squaw Valley’s Olympic Celebration Day is one of more than 700 events taking place nationwide between June 22 and July 1. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences. This year, the U.S. will almost double its 2011 Olympic Day event total.

Across the globe, more than 160 countries take part in this annual celebration. What began as a more isolated event in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern day Olympics, Olympic Day has turned into a world wide celebration. During this celebration, there is great emphasis passed on to the younger generation of the morals that the Olympics stand for, such as fair play, perseverance, respect, and sportsmanship. Across our own nation, Olympic Day can range from a small gathering to a large, city-wide event. Either way, the occasion is a fantastic family outing, as well as a great way to educate the youth of the world on the positive ideals in which the Olympics were originally built from.