Olympians Join Lake Tahoe Winter Games Committee

Efforts to bring the Olympics to Lake Tahoe got some star power this week, as five former Olympians joined the committee.

The Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee was formed earlier this year, combining the efforts of the California-based and Reno, Nevada-based winter games coalitions.

Speed skater Andy Gabel, hockey player Bret Hedican, freestyle skier Jonny Moseley, downhill skier Tamara McKinney and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi will be joining the committee to help develop a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The group will explore the financial, cultural and environmental benefits and impacts of hosting the Winter Games.

“I grew up here in Lake Tahoe,” said Tamara McKinney, stated in a press release Friday. “It is a magical place with great mountains that would anchor some of the most breathtaking downhill skiing events in history.  Standing atop one of our peaks and looking at that beautiful Lake Tahoe will be a memory that everyone - Olympians and spectators alike – will never forget.”

Lake Tahoe hosted the games in 1960.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has not decided yet if they will submit a formal bid for the 2022 Winter Games. They have until 2013 to decide if an American city has the necessary qualifications to host the games.