Snowball's Chance -- The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games

Winner of the 2009 Ullr Award from the International Skiing History Association, Snowball’s Chance: The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games is the only book devoted solely to chronicling the historic events at Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe. The VIII Olympic Winter Games took place in February 1960 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. From 30 countries around the world, 665 athletes gathered over 11 days to engage in five recognized Olympic winter sports contested in 27 events. These sports and events included alpine skiing, Nordic combined, cross-country skiing, biathlon, figure skating, speed skating, ice hockey and ski jumping. You-are-there accounts of all competition events with top scores and medal results for each sport are included. Readers will learn about the extensive pageantry and artistic expression of the opening and closing ceremonies produced by the legendary Walt Disney. The 198-page book includes 83 photographs by official photographer Bill Briner and others showing historic Olympic ceremonies, venues and athletes in the heat of competition.


Information and Purchase

Snowball’s Chance - The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley & Lake Tahoe

Author: David C. Antonucci, Featuring Photos by Bill Briner
Trim size: 6x9 paperback, B&W interior, color cover
Page count: 198
Illustrations & photos: 85
ISBN: 978-1-61550-468-8
Library of Congress Control Number: 2009909763
Suggested Retail Price for paperback: $15.99
Kindle ebook: $2.99
Categories: Sports & Recreation; History
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Tahoe-Reno Retail Locations

Bookshelf Stores, Inc, 11429 Donner Pass Road #2, Truckee, CA 96161,(530) 582-0515 click here

Tahoe Maritime Museum, 5205 West Lake Blvd., Homewood, CA (530) 525-9253 click here

Sundance Books and Music, 1155 West 4th Street, Reno NV (775) 786-1188 Click here

MindPlay, The Village at Squaw Valley, Events Plaza (530) 584-6133 click here

Geared for Games,  Boatworks Shopping Mall, 760 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA 96145,:(530) 581-4263 click here

Lake Tahoe Historical Society, 3058 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, (530) 541-5458 click here

North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, 130 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA 96145, (530) 583-1762 click here

Potlatch,  930 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV 89451,:(775) 833-2485 click here

Sample Excerpts (click below to view in a new browser window)

Table of Contents


Chapter 11 A Daughter’s Promise -- The Women’s Figure Skating Competition on February 20-23

List of Illustrations

Watch David Antonucci's interview on Lake Tahoe TV about  Snowball's Chance and the 1960 Winter Olympics

Special Mention: Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics

To learn more about the 1960 Winter Olympics visit this museum while in Lake Tahoe. More information here