Squaw Valley, CA, Jan. 22, 2002--Following nearly a year of preparation and planning the Olympic Flame made its historic return to Olympic soil at Squaw Valley USA on January 20, 2002. The inspirational ideals that the torch symbolizes were shining brightly in Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe, as thousands gathered to celebrate the relay and the lighting of the cauldron.
On day 46 of the 65-day Olympic Torch Relay, the flame arrived at 11:40 am to begin its extraordinary tour through Squaw Valley. Nine specially selected torchbearers including former Olympians, industry icons, and inspirational North Lake Tahoe residents cross country skied, ice skated and skied with the flame as it made its way up and down the mountain. Alex Cushing, Founder and Chairman of Squaw Valley Ski Corp., and the man credited with bringing the 1960 Winter Olympic Games to the resort, lit the ceremonial cauldron. Following a lively celebration in the Base Village, the torch continued its journey through Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, King's Beach and Incline Village on its way to Salt Lake City.
"It was a wonderful day," explained Cushing. "We are proud of our Olympic heritage and honored to be a part of such a remarkable event."
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