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Posted on: September 22, 2017

[ARCHIVED] The “Spirit of Competition” Unveiling Delayed

The City of South Lake Tahoe regrets to announce the delay of the unveiling of “The Spirit of Completion” bronze statue at Champions Plaza due to wildfires in Northwest Montana. Artist Gareth Curtiss, who has been commissioned to create the sculpture, has his foundry in Northwest Montana and was not given permission to cast the bronze due to the extreme fire danger and the Federal restrictions placed on outdoor work due to the multiple wildfires which plagued Montana this season. The City and Gareth Curtiss continue to work closely together and expect to provide a revised unveiling date within the next week or two.

On the heels of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in which several of our local athletes earned Olympic medals, the idea of creating a Champions Plaza was born. To honor and recognize these athletes the City Council approved the construction and design of a Champions Plaza.

To honor our honor local National, World and Olympic Athletes, an 11’ bronze sculpture which represents male and female athletes reaching for a ring and named “The Spirit of Competition” is being created by artist Gareth Curtiss.

The following athletes will be honored once a date is finalized. Please keep in mind that not all athletes may be available to attend the event in person.


Elena Hight
Glen Plake
Hannah Teter
Jamie Anderson
Jonna Mendes
Kyle Smaine
Maddie Bowman
Shaun Palmer
Travis Cabral
Travis Ramos


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