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February 13, 2014
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Road to Sochi Tour to make stop in Vail

VAIL — On Saturday, the United States Olympic Committee is bringing the magic of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Solaris Plaza in Vail through the Road to Sochi Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. This is the 11th of 13 total stops for the interactive sports tour, which is circling the country through the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. All activities are free and open to the public.

The tour stop will take place from noon to 8 p.m.

This Road to Sochi Tour stop will feature five U.S. Olympians, including two-time Olympian (1976, 1980) and 1979 world champion in pairs figure skating Tai Babilonia; five-time Olympic medalist in long track speedskating Chad Hedrick; 1964 Olympic silver medalist in alpine skiing Billy Kidd; Diann Roffe, Olympic gold and silver medalist and 1985 world champion in alpine skiing; and Olympic gold medalist and 1991 world champion in freestyle skiing Donna Weinbrecht.

All athletes will participate in autograph sessions while also welcoming fans to try out their Olympic and Paralympic skills through a number of interactive sport elements.

Sport elements include:

Biathlon: Participants will compete head-to-head in a two-minute, action-packed biathlon course. There will be two fully interactive stand-up ski ergometers with a shared projection screen.

Bobsled: A bobsled will be positioned within the footprint for a digital photo opportunity enhanced with a bobsled track background. Participants will be able to upload their images and share socially with family and friends.

Cross-country skiing: Participants will have the opportunity to test a cross-country ski course utilizing roller skis, which are used by elite athletes for training during the warm summer months.

Curling and wheelchair curling: Participants will have the opportunity to try both curling and wheelchair curling on an actual ice sheet and will be judged on the distance of the stone to the house using the hog line.

Figure skating: Participants will walk back in time and have an opportunity to see some of the oldest, most historic figure skating memorabilia in the United States, including the U.S. Figure Skating Championship trophy, which is a Tiffany & Co.-designed, sterling silver award that features the names of every national champion in U.S. figure skating history in each of the four disciplines.

Ice hockey and sled hockey: A hockey slap shot will test speed and accuracy. Participants will be challenged to take a shot both in a sled and on their feet at a regulation goal equipped with a radar gun and shooting targets. Top scores and speeds for both disciplines will be recorded and shown throughout the day.

Luge: Participants will suit up and steer down a street luge ramp for a first-hand experience of one of the fastest sports in the Olympic Winter Games.

Ski jumping: A ski jump photo opportunity will allow participants to take a photo while “in flight.” Skis will be mounted in a semi-vertical position, allowing users to step into ski boots for this custom shot. The green screen background is a photo from the actual take-off ramp in Sochi.

Snowboarding: Participants will board down virtual slopes utilizing two Wii kiosks that will operate independently or together so consumers can race against one another or conduct a solo skill/speed challenge. Fans can also play Mario & Sonic.

Speedskating: This station will feature two slideboards that will give participants the opportunity to compete in a head-to-head one-minute skate off while challenging their strength, stamina and balance.


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