1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games

Olympic Museum opens at Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Today, February 8, 2010, is opening day for a new Olympic History Museum at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO).

Designed to draw attention to efforts to bring the winter games to Reno in 2022 and to the upcoming 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, the museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games.

The museum has flags from all the countries that were represented at the 1960 Olympics,as well as photos, magazines, uniforms, the Longine Clock, and much more.  Passengers can have a picture taken in Olympian fashion while standing on the platforms used during the awards ceremony: the US flag hangs above the Gold podium, the Canadian flag above the Silver podium, and the British flag above the Bronze podium.

Today’s opening ceremony will kick off with an Olympic parade, complete with trumpeters sounding the Olympic Theme Song, Olympians carrying the U.S. and Nevada Flags, and a replica of the Olympic flame. The Squaw Valley Rescue Dogs, who will be traveling to this year’s winter games in Vancouver, Canada, will also be on hand.

The Olympic History Museum will be on exhibit at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport through the end of 2010.