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Gazette Premium Content Video: Snowmobiles hit the streets of downtown Colorado Springs for Olympics party

The Gazette - Updated: February 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm
The Gazette - Updated: February 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm • Published: February 7, 2014

Snowmobiles - that's right, snowmobiles - are flying through the air over Tejon Street in three separate performances between 5-9 p.m. Friday. It's all part of a bash downtown put on by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. on Friday to coincide with the opening ceremonies in Russia, and the guest...

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Snowmobiles - that's right, snowmobiles - are flying through the air over Tejon Street in three separate performances between 5-9 p.m. Friday.

It's all part of a bash downtown put on by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. on Friday to coincide with the opening ceremonies in Russia, and the guest list is long.

Mechanical ramps assembled in the streets will accommodate the snowmobile action, says Keith Sayers, owner of FMX, the company providing the equipment. No snow is required.

"It's an AstroTurf run to an 8-foot- tall take-off jump," Sayers says. "They'll jump 75 feet onto a trailer that's all hydraulics."

Mobile viewers can watch the video here.

The stars: X Games competitors Willie Elam and Heath Frisby, who will show off some of the moves that earned him the games' Snowmobile Best Trick in 2012.

This is the third such event organized by the sports corporation: The first commemorated the opening of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. About 20,000 people showed up, says Jeff Mosher, special events manager for the sports corporation.

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Olympic Downtown Celebration

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday

Where: Along Tejon Street, between Platte and Pikes Peak avenues

Tickets: Free; 634-7333, coloradospringssports.org.

Something else: Short and Sweet Downtown Dash (one mile run), $10

Click here for street closure details.

Click here for complete event details and highlights.

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