The Olympic Park in Park City, Utah recently finished renovations to its ski jumps. And, to celebrate the end of the summer, they opened up the jumps to the public — as a massive slip ‘n slide course.
The event, titled Slip ‘n Soar, took place on Saturday and allowed locals from the Park City area to try out jumps normally only reserved for some of the best winter sport athletes in the world.
"I just did a front flip, and I fell straight on my face, but it was awesome," Zack Hable, a participant, told Salt Lake City’s Fox 13.
After updating the old, wooden ski ramps in the park to new, secure steel ski ramps, Utah Olympic Park Marketing Manager Melanie Welch said the park was looking for a way to draw public interest.
“Now, it’s finally come to fruition after we’ve secured the materials and everything needed to put on the event,” she told the Park Record. “Now that we’re nearing the end of summer, we thought it’d be a nice way to wrap up our summer season and give people, who might not be skiers or athletes of any sort, an opportunity to see the ramps up close. It’s a good way to open the doors to everyone.”
That thought was echoed by Marc Norman, the vice president of Sport and Venues for the Olympic Legacy Foundation.
"People that wouldn't think they would ever get to go off the jumps get a new way to kind of experience the jumps,” said Norman. “It’s maybe a little less intimidating than wearing a pair of skis.”
And the event wasn’t simply appreciated by the public at large: Olympians like Australia’s Danielle Scott loved the opportunity to take a break from their intense schedules.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” said Scott. "We do a lot of intense training, and this is play time now, so it's pretty great.”
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