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Olympics watch: When you can catch locals competing

Olympic excitement starts today, with several athletes from the Truckee-Tahoe area poised as serious contenders for gold.

Today’s events start with men’s downhill skiing. Marco Sullivan, a graduate of North Tahoe High School and a product of Squaw Valley, is set to blaze down the mountain at more than 75 mph in an all-out, single-run quest for gold. Men’s downhill starts at 11:45 a.m. today.

On Sunday, Feb. 14, see Squaw Valley product and defending Olympic super G gold medalist Julia Mancuso compete in the women’s super combined, which starts with the downhill at 10 a.m. and ends with the slalom at 1 p.m.

On Feb. 17, check out Mancuso and Truckee’s Stacey Cook in the fastest women’s event, the downhill, which starts at 11 a.m.

Like the men, these ladies lay it all on the line in a super-high-speed pursuit to record the fastest single run.

On Feb. 19, Sullivan will be back on the hill to compete in his other speed event, the super G, scheduled for 11:30 p.m. It includes just one run.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, women’s alpine skiing events continue with the super G starting at 10 a.m. Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, Tahoe ski fans won’t want to miss Mancuso defend her 2006 Olympic gold in the giant slalom. The first run is scheduled for 10 a.m., the second at 1:15 p.m.

Mancuso, a four-event skier, finishes with the women’s slalom on Feb. 26 (first run 10 a.m., second run 1:30 p.m.).

Today, check out Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City, also a North Tahoe grad, when she competes in the moguls qualifying and – she hopes – final rounds. Bahrke won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Games and is the defending U.S. dual moguls champ.

Those whose knees don’t ache just watching skiers bash into giant bumps will enjoy this televised event, which starts with a qualifying round at 4:30 p.m. today and ends with the final round at 7:30 p.m.

With nine Olympic athletes from the Tahoe area, local viewers will find few lulls in the action.

Nate Holland out of Squaw Valley will compete in the action-packed discipline of snowboardcross on Monday, Feb. 15. Holland, who’s fresh off his fifth win at the Winter X Games, will look to improve on a disappointing result in 2006, when he finished 14th.

Men’s snowboardcross starts with a qualifying round at 10:30 a.m. Monday; finals are scheduled for 2:53 p.m.

Snowboard fans from the South Shore should tune in when 2006 Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter and Elena Hight, who rides for Northstar, compete in the women’s halfpipe on Thursday, Feb. 18. Qualifying round is at 12:30 p.m., semifinals at 4 p.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

After returning home to train at their respective home resorts, Truckee’s Daron Rahlves and Errol Kerr – who alone make up the Jamaica Ski Team – will fly back to Vancouver to race in the men’s skicross on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Skicross begins with a qualifying round at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 21, and continues with heats at 12:15 p.m., 12:48, 1:07 and 1:18 p.m. for the final.

Sylas Wright is the sports editor for the Sierra Sun in Truckee.

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