Nevadan in the Olympics

Just because we live in the desert that doesn’t mean we won’t have a local rooting interest in the Winter Olympics, which begin in Vancouver on Feb. 12. U.S. alpine skier Tim Jitloff grew up and still lives in Reno, and the first-time Olympian won the giant slalom championship in the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Alpine Championships, as well as the combined title last year. Look for him on NBC (Channel 3) during the giant slalom competition on Feb. 21 and 22, and in the slalom on Feb. 27 and 28. Jitloff, 25, grew up hitting the slopes at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, and he enjoys listening to Italian pop tenor Andrea Bocelli before competing.

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