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1968 US Olympic T&F Trials site at Echo Summit burned this morning - Aug. 31st

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  • 1968 US Olympic T&F Trials site at Echo Summit burned this morning - Aug. 31st

    (Note: There is some discussion of this buried in the Funny Weather thread but I thought it deserved its own thread here on the T&FN message boards.)



    According to the NASA fire tracking system the Caldor fire overran the site sometime this morning, located near the horseshoe bend at Nebelhorn on the maps, and it's headed for the South Lake Tahoe area.


    Fire activity from 12am to 9am on August 31st:

    OT site on fire.JPG



    Current day fire activity: https://firms2.modaps.eosdis.nasa.go...120.0,38.9,12z

    Yesterday's (Aug. 30th) fire activity: https://firms2.modaps.eosdis.nasa.go...120.0,38.9,12z
    bad hammy
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    Last edited by bad hammy; 09-01-2021, 03:24 PM.

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    I was lucky enough to have attended a reunion of many members of the 1968 Olympic Team at Echo Summit in about 2013, when a monument was dedicated to recognize the Echo Summit site of the team’s training venue, and Second Olympic Trials that year. I had not been able to attend the OT there because I was doing my internship in Southern California, but did see the OT in the LA Colosseum that June. The Echo Summit site was beautiful, and the team members from ‘68 were clearly happy to be back there again. It’s terrible that the place has been destroyed and that so many people have lost their homes in this devastating fire.

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    • #3
      Tragic loss.

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      • #4
        Was there anything left of the actual site before the fire?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JMysterio View Post
          Was there anything left of the actual site before the fire?
          No, although I imagine some of the original trees were still there.

          https://www.tahoemagazine.com/echo-s...tional-unrest/

          These days, the site also doubles as a summer trailhead for the Tahoe Rim Trail/Pacific Crest Trail, and the winter home of the Adventure Mountain Tahoe sledding resort.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JMysterio View Post
            Was there anything left of the actual site before the fire?
            There wasn't much left. The track was moved to the local high school but you could still tell where it was. The shot put and hammer/discus concrete circles were still there and the high jump area. That was about it though.
            Retired triple jumper and paying the price! Son of Al Hall

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            • #7
              Here is where the track was...

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