Californian Locals Hoping for Medal Success at Upcoming Winter Olympics

Steven Agar | | OlympicsOlympics
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Jamie Anderson is heading to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Credit: Facebook NBC Olympics

This year’s PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, which kick off with Thursday’s Opening Ceremonies, will have a Californian flavor with eight Reno/Tahoe athletes, one local broadcaster and even a Reno cheerleader in attendance, reports Reno Gazette Journal.

Just getting to the Olympics is a major feat, with Californian locals Travis Ganong (torn ACL), Nate Holland (a three-time Olympian), Hannah Tweeter (a two-time Olympic medalist) and Karly Shorr (competed in the 2014 Games) all falling short this cycle. The ones who did make it are looking to stand atop the podium. Here is a look at the locals representing California in Korea.

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A stoked David Wise after learning he’d won gold. Credit:

David Wise

Event: Freestyle skiing (ski halfpipe)

Local link: Born and lives in Reno

Maddie Bowman

Event: Freestyle skiing (ski halfpipe)

Local link: Lives in South Lake Tahoe

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Brita styling it out at Sochi, 2014.

Brita Sigourney

Event: Freestyle skiing (ski halfpipe)

Local link: Trained at Alpine Meadows

Jamie Anderson

Event: Snowboarding slopestyle/big air

Local link: Lives in South Lake Tahoe

Stacey Cook

Event: Alpine skiing

Local link: Born in Truckee; lives in Reno

Tim Jitloff

Event: Alpine skiing

Local link: Raised in Reno

Bryce Bennett, Californian
Bryce Bennett. Credit: Getty Image/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard

Bryce Bennett

Event: Alpine skiing

Local link: Born in Squaw Valley; lives in Tahoe City

Mark Engel

Event: Alpine skiing

Local link: Lives in Truckee

Ryan Radtke

Ryan Radtke, the voice of the Reno Aces and ex-broadcaster for the Wolf Pack football and basketball teams, will be on the call during the Olympics for Westwood One, the national radio distributor that hired him last year. Radtke will broadcast bobsled and luge as a solo performer and cover alpine skiing with two-time Olympian Doug Lewis. Radtke is Westwood One’s lead play-by-play announcer for college football and also does college basketball games, with this being his first foray into winter sports.

Dallas Pringle

Dallas Pringle, a 2014 Galena High grad, will go with her Kentucky Wildcats cheerleading team to Korea to root on America’s athletes. The team won their 23rd national title last month and were invited to represent Team USA. Pringle will perform at the awards ceremonies, Olympic venues, street parades, closing ceremonies and a cheerleading exhibition with teams from other countries.

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