Squaw Valley will host the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships March 19 to March 23. Skiing in this year's event will be Team USA's top skiers, home from the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Amelia Richmond, Senior Public Relations Manager at Squaw Valley, said that in addition to hosting the U.S. Alpine Championships, the resort will "...also host a Welcome Home Celebration for all of the Olympic athletes from the Reno/Tahoe area upon their return from Sochi. The Welcome Home Celebration will take place on the evening of Friday, March 21, and will feature an athlete parade, fireworks, athlete autograph session, live music and more."
Squaw Valley's Olympic gold medalist, Julia Mancuso, will be skiing on her home snow. Mancuso took a bronze medal in Sochi. Marco Sullivan, who made his fourth Olympic trip, and Travis Ganong, who took 5th in the Downhill at Sochi, his first Olympics, will also be skiing at the Championships.
Julia Mancuso had this to say:
“It's great to get to race at my home mountain and it's awesome to have Squaw's support for ski racing. They did an exceptional job last season, so I definitely look forward to some more great races on home snow during Nationals.”
“It takes a community to raise an Olympian – and it takes a community to welcome them home. We invite everyone to join us as our entire community welcomes home our region’s athletes from competing so very well in Russia.”
Squaw Valley's Olympians aren't the only notable athletes expected to grace the Squaw Valley slopes. Olympic champions Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Andrew Weibrecht, and Mikaela Shiffrin, all medal winners in Sochi, are expected at the Championships.
This should be an exceptional and exciting event. Plan now to attend. If you intend to spend stay over to enjoy more than one day, book your rooms now. The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships is typically very well attended.