RENO — Olympic spirit descended upon Harrah’s Plaza at the downtown Reno Arch on Friday as Nevada Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki proclaimed statewide recognition of Olympic Day. Krolicki was joined by Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini, local Olympians and business leaders to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. A similar commemoration was held at the Capitol building in Sacramento, Calif.
Krolicki is chair of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition (RTWGC), a group dedicated to bringing the next North American Winter Games to the Lake Tahoe region. The RTWGC is working closely with the California Winter Games Committee (CWGC) to promote the Olympic movement.
“The Reno/Tahoe region enjoys a rich Olympic heritage, and today we join more than 160 countries in celebrating the triumph of the modern Olympic Games’ creation 117 years ago,” Krolicki said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Nevada and California to work together to celebrate the Olympic spirit.”
The RTWGC will hold an Olympic Day Family Festival today at Mackay Stadium on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The city of Sacramento, held its Olympic Day participation event on Monday at Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team. The event was chaired by 1964 Alpine Olympian Starr Walton Hurley, honorary chair of the CAWG.
“We are inviting families to come out and try over a dozen sports from the summer and winter Olympic Games,” said Krolicki. “They will meet Olympians, hear their stories of hard work, dedication and perseverance and we hope they come away applying those Olympic values to whatever their passions may be.”
Today’s Reno Olympic Day Family Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, visit www.renotahoewintergames.org.