What will it be like to jump off a ramp inside Fenway Park that’s four times the size of the Green Monster?
“The coolest thing will be standing on top and just seeing Fenway filled with people and people cheering and then basically sliding into home plate,” U.S. Olympic ski slopestyle silver medalist Devin Logan said. “That’s a dream come true, right?”
U.S. skiers and snowboarders will compete in Big Air Fenway, a one-of-a-kind event at the hallowed home of the Boston Red Sox, on NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday night (snowboard, 8:30 ET) and Friday night (ski, 8:30 ET). NBC will air coverage Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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“I hear numbers like 20,000 [fans], and I’m like, wow, I’ve never skied in front of that many people,” U.S. Olympic ski slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper said.
Olympic ski and snowboard viewers may not be familiar with big air events, since it will debut at the Winter Games at Pyeongchang 2018. It most resembles slopestyle.
“Slopestyle is six to eight features to deal with on the whole way down, you don’t really get to showcase your best most challenging tricks,” U.S. Olympic snowboard slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson said. “With big air, it’s kind of like the one-hit wonder. You get to really go for it and try your hardest tricks. It really takes that level of progression up a lot.”
Ski big air, however, is not yet part of the Olympics.
“It’s really cool that we have the opportunity to do this and to showcase the skiing aspect of big air competition to the world and to [the International Ski Federation] and to all the fans to gain some validity to hopefully be included into the next, next Olympics,” Goepper said.