Hundreds flock to Utah Olympic Park for Slip ‘n’ Soar
Local venue to host another one on Fourth of July
June 27, 2017
Utah Olympic Park was busy last weekend with bodies — flipping and twisting in the air — continually flying off the water ramps.
This isn't uncommon over the summer, as the Park City venue plays host to many youth aerial programs, as well as the Flying Ace crew. But on Saturday, it wasn't the typical aerial athletes going off of the jumps, but rather regular Parkites using the water ramps as a slip 'n' slide for the first installment of Utah Olympic Park's Slip 'n' Soar summer series.
"We were very excited [to host the first Slip 'n' Soar]," said Kole Nordmann, the Park’s marketing manager. "It’s always fun to get the summer kicked off proper."
Roughly 400 people from the area launched off the water ramp on Saturday, making the kick-off to the three-part series a success, Nordmann said. Being in Park City, where action sports take precedent, the event saw a plethora of unique tricks from locals looking for a summer thrill.
"The most exciting part of the event is seeing everyone participate," Nordmann said. "Whether it’s a spectator or a slider, everyone is having a great time. And, of course, the myriad tricks, flips and flops you see are always exciting."
Like any other event, there's always room for improvement, but Nordmann said the Slip 'n' Soar is more dependent on the crowd.
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"It’s a great event," he continued. "There's always something internally that we can work on, but it’s a great event that doesn’t need much more than a fun crowd and willing sliders."
Utah Olympic Park will look to improve quickly, too, as the second part of the three-event series is scheduled to take place on the Fourth of July. While the series itself isn't new, the holiday segment will be the first of its kind, as it will take place under the lights of the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool.
The event will be the first time in the series' history sliders will be able to slide at night, starting at 5 p.m. and running until 10 p.m. Taking place on the most patriotic holiday held in America, Utah Olympic Park decided to use the theme of Red, White and Fire for the second of three Slip 'n' Soar events.
"It’s hard to say with all the activities happening around town, but we definitely expect a great group [for the July 4 Slip 'n' Soar event]," Nordmann said. "Lots of crazy belly flops, but that’s to be expected."
For most Slip n'' Soar events, those aged 13 and older are able to participate, but the Fourth of July event requires those willing to launch off the ramps to be at least 18. The entry fee is $75 per person. Tickets to participate in the Fourth of July event can be found online at UtahOlympicLegacy.org.
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