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Sierra Speaker Series: The 60th Anniversary of the 1960s Winter Olympics

February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm



Complimentary refreshments will be served, with beverages available for purchase. A $5 donation is suggested for this free program. Parking is free after 5 pm. Book signing available after the presentation.

In 1960, the eyes of the world focused on Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe as the Winter Olympics played out on a world stage. Athletes from a world locked in an epic Cold War converged to compete and share the spirit and ideals of the Olympic movement. In David Antonucci’s illustrated presentation, you will hear about and see vignettes that describe the individual stories of these Olympics – enigma and invention, written off underdogs that ultimately come out on top, and a promise to win gold made to a terminally ill loved one. You will learn about the first “Miracle on Ice” hockey gold medal by the American “Team of Destiny.”


David Antonucci’s book, Snowball’s Chance: The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, is the basis of the presentation. Winner of the 2009 Ullr Award from the International Skiing History Association, Snowball’s Chance is the first book devoted solely to chronicling the historical events at Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe.

The VIII Olympic Winter Games took place in February 1960 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California at Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe. From 30 countries around the world, 665 athletes gathered over 11 days to engage in five recognized Olympic winter sports contested in 27 events. These sports and events included alpine skiing, Nordic combined, cross-country skiing, biathlon, figure skating, speed skating, ice hockey, and ski jumping. You will learn about the extensive pageantry and artistic expression of the opening and closing ceremonies produced by the legendary Walt Disney.

Autographed copies of David Antonucci’s award-winning book, Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, will be available for purchase at $16 each. The 198-page book includes 83 photographs by official photographer Bill Briner and others showing historic Olympic ceremonies, venues, and athletes in the heat of competition.


February 15
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Sierra State Parks Foundation
(530) 583-9911


Donner Memorial State Park
12593 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161 United States
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