Hundreds showed up Saturday, April 7, at Sierra-at-Tahoe to celebrate South Shore Olympians Jamie Anderson and Hannah Teter at their home mountain.
The Olympians signed autographs in Solstice Eatery for about an hour making sure to accommodate all who wanted a signature or photograph. Fans brought all sorts of equipment including, skis, snowboards, helmets, hats, shirts, season passes, business cards and Sierra brochures among many other items.
Following the autograph session, Sierra general manager John Rice introduced South Lake Tahoe mayor Wendy David to say a few words. She remembered her times at Sierra, including tearing her ACL and being carted off the mountain, and congratulated Anderson and Teter.
Rice was next and recalled longtime memories of watching Anderson grow up and when he met Teter over a dozen years ago. Anderson and Teter both said a few words to the large audience and received loud ovations.
Anderson won the gold medal in snowboard slopestyle and silver in big air at the recently completed 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Anderson also won slopestyle gold in the 2014 games in Sochii, Russia.
Teter won gold in 2006 and earned silver in 2010 in snowboard halfpipe.
Kyle Smaine and Maddie Bowman were also honored even though they weren't in attendance. Rice acknowledged both athletes and Anderson and Teter held larger than life-size cardboard heads of Smaine and Bowman during his speech. Smaine was one position short of qualifying for the 2018 games and Bowman won gold in ski halfpipe in 2014 but came up short in defending her title in South Korea.