Saturday, February 5, 2011

Aerial Ski Jumping

Last night our friends Mike and Lisa invited us to go with them to the Aerial Ski Jumping World Championships.  It was up at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City.  The event started at 7:30.  We got up there around that time and I was surprised at how many people were there.  The jump was just a little ways up the mountain, so we took a lift up there and stood  and watched for about an hour and a half.  They were doing both the mens and womens finals.  The jumps were pretty impressive.  I could never do what they do.  I would be too scared of breaking my neck.  A couple of people didn't land their jumps perfectly.  Mostly the would land, fall back and hit their backs/necks on the snow and then stand back up.  It looked painful.  One woman had a little fall where she kinda landed on her shoulder.  You could tell she was in pain. 

The jumps were crazy.  I can't even tell you the jumps that they were doing because I had no idea.  They kept saying things like: full, full, full or full, double full, full.  I couldn't tell the difference.  They all looked cool.  The men would get so much air and then spin like crazy.  I loved it!  There were contestants from the U.S., Canada, China, Switzerland, and Belarus.  I'm sure there were more, but that's all I can remember. 

Also, the weather was pretty nice considering we were on a ski slope in Park City at night.  I would say it was in the 20's.  That is definitely bearable.

We stayed ad watched most of the jumps.  We left a little early so we would beat the traffic.  It really was fun to go to.  Thanks for inviting us Mike and Lisa! 

Mike and Lisa.  How cute!

Me and Eric with the jump behind us.  You can also see the mogul course on the left.

The ski jump

If you look closely you can see a jumper upside down

Another jumper.  My camera isn't that great at zooming in super far.

Eric and I bundled up.  He's so handsome.