Kids Get Their Own Neighborhood Olympic Competition

At Launch Pad we know skiing and we love the Winter Games. We know that not every kid who takes a run down a snow-covered mountain will one day end up competing in the Olympics. However, we also know that skiing is a great sport with many benefits and that there’s plenty of fun to be had on the slopes. The Olympics, like many other big sporting events, can be a catalyst or a launching pad for kids to try something new.

Olympic Spirit

A father in Minnesota has taken his Olympic spirit to the extreme and built a 12-foot homemade luge slide in his front yard. What started out as a project to keep his kids entertained has turned into a huge attraction for the entire area; and it even spawned a friendly neighborhood Olympic competition. After Tim Smith’s kids had plenty of fun on the slide he decided to take it up a notch and host a kiddie Olympics.

Competitive Spirit

The event included an official registration table, numbers for the participants, three competitive categories and even medals. In fact, they even lit a torch for the experience and the slide was decorated with an Olympic banner. The kids competed for top speed, and distance as well as for style. The style portion was reportedly everyone’s favorite part of the competition.

Launching New Interest

What a fantastic way to get kids interested in the Olympics as well as snow sports in general. In fact, according to the Smith the best part was the kids’ reaction to the whole event. Hopefully this will encourage these young kids to get out and experience more of the great snow sports available, including skiing.

Learn to Ski

Learning new sports can be hard or even intimidating but events like this can help kids discover the courage to try to new things. If you’re kids are ready to learn to ski, Launch Pad is ready to help them. These creative products can help launch your child’s skiing experience and help him or her have fun at the same time.

Source: ABC News, “Dad holds epic front yard Winter Olympics for kids,” Eliza Murphy, Feb. 10, 2014.