Project BIG AIR - Help build a winter sport training facility like none other in the world for US ski and snowboard athletes!
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF) have partnered up for this year’s Love Utah Give Utah day of giving on Thursday, March 26. 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 athletes across multiple sports, from the first-time jumper to Olympic competitors!
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.
UOLF and USSA have already been hard at work securing donations towards this very important project. Spencer F. Eccles has committed to a $1M challenge grant towards the project and the UOLF has contributed $1 million. With the support of local donors and businesses, UOLF and USSA are very excited to keep the fundraising momentum going through the Love Utah Give Utah Campaign.
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