Lake Tahoe, California: Today, February 18th, 2020 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Winter Olympics held in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, an event hailed by Project SNOW and Olympic historians for raising the bar to make the whole experience more accessible and meaningful to athletes and spectators.
Opening Day to Olympic Dreams
Excerpt from Tales of Two Valleys by Eddy Starr Ancinas
The Opening Ceremony took place on 18 February 1960. A day that began with a blizzard and delayed the arrival of US Vice President Richard Nixon. No sooner did the delegations of the participating nations assemble ahead of the parade than the skies miraculously cleared, with the sun continuing to shine for the rest of the day. The Russians thought the US had the technology to control the weather.
Today marks the 60th anniversary of athletes from across 30 nations marching into Squaw Valley’s Blyth Arena for the opening ceremonies of the 1960 Winter Olympics.