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Test your Olympic skills today on Fountain Square

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Do you think you have what it takes to be an Olympian? Test your skills out today on Fountain Square with an interactive sports tour from Team USA.

 

The United States Olympic Committee is bringing the magic of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to downtown Cincinnati through the Road to Sochi Tour, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

This interactive sports tour 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 on Fountain Square at Fifth & Vine Streets on Friday, Dec. 13, from 1-7 p.m.

At the event, participants will have the opportunity to try out their Olympic and Paralympic skills through a number of interactive sport elements, including:

 

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 & 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 playMario &Sonicat the Sochi2014 Olympic Winter Games. 

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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