The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF) have partnered up for this year’s Live PC Give PC day of giving on Friday, Nov. 7. All funds raised by the two local non-profits will benefit Project Big Air, a complete re-design of the pool ramps at the Utah Olympic Park to benefit Olympic athletes across multiple sports. Salt Lake City-based Jacobsen Construction, the general contractor of the renovation project, has generously pledged to match all donations up to $10,000, allowing every dollar donated to have twice the impact.
Project Big Air includes seven brand-new sport-specific ramps for aerials, moguls, freeskiing, snowboarding and big air. There is no other facility like this in the world, placing Park City and the Utah Olympic Park at the forefront of skiing and snowboarding development. The total cost of the project is $3 million. It will re-open in June 2015.
The training pool has supported over a dozen Olympic and World Championship medals as well as a development base for thousands of young athletes. The unique bubble system in the pool allows athletes and local youth to test new tricks in a safe environment.
To date, over 500 athletes have trained regularly at the facility in freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding, including the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding, U.S. Freeskiing, FLY Freestyle, Axis Freeride, Park City Freestyle and Wasatch Freestyle.
Project Big Air was conceived to provide local youth with the opportunity to grow into champions and follow in the footsteps of homegrown 2014 Olympic gold medalists Joss Christensen and Sage Kotsenberg.
This upgrade to the jump has been designed to further demonstrate Utah’s deep commitment to Olympic winter sport and showcases the region’s unique ability to rally collaborative supporters in an effort to further utilize its already active Olympic venues.
The UOLF and USSA have already been securing donations towards the project, which will impact local and national athletes for decades to come. The UOLF has contributed $1 million. The partners have also identified a $1 million matching grant coming from a Utah donor. With the support of local donors and businesses, UOLF and USSA are looking forward to keep the fundraising momentum going through the Live PC Give PC campaign.
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