U.S. Freestyle athletes, Flying Aces, on ESPN August 29


U.S. Freestyle athletes, “Flying Aces,” on ESPN August 29{mosimage}U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes who are also members of the Flying Ace All-Stars aerial show team will be featured Monday, Aug. 29 during ESPN SportCenter’s “50 States in 50 Days.” The segment, featuring 2002 Olympic aerials silver medalist Joe Pack (Park City, UT), 2005 aerials World Cup champion Jeret Peterson (Boise, ID), 2005 Worlds and U.S. moguls champion Nate Roberts (Park City, UT) and others will air during the 6 p.m., 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. editions of SportsCenter.

The action takes place at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, where athletes slide down a steep mountain-like incline at speeds up to 35 miles an hour, then launch up to 70 feet in the air before landing in the state-of-the-art swimming pool below. Nicknamed the ‘Flying Aces’ athletes perform flips, twists and turns, sometimes with as many as 12 athletes in the air at one time.

‘We’re expecting this to be great exposure for the U.S. Ski Team, the Utah Olympic Park and our continuing business of performing shows’ said Trace Worthington, co-owner of Fly Ace Productions and the most successful male freestyle skiers in U.S. history. Worthington competed in two Olympics, earned 43 World Cup victories, and won 7 World titles.

Most elite freestyle skiers and snowboarders perfect their acrobatic skills at the UOP and other similar facilities during the summer months. Flying Ace’s extraordinary high-energy productions showcase these athletes and their abilities and maneuvers that have earned them worldwide recognition in their sports. Performances, which last 20-25 minutes, are held nationwide and at the UOP from June through mid-October.

In “50 States in 50 Days,” SportsCenter will travel 70,850 miles to 50 sporting events in 50 states in 50 days. Fans can follow along on ESPN.com with Adam Willis, one of the many ESPN production assistants working on the tour, who is keeping an online journal recounting the journey, which began July 18 in Idaho.

Check local listings for times. For more information on Flying Ace All Stars, visit the web at www.FlyingAceProductions.com. To find out more about ESPN’s ’50 States in 50 Days’ check out this site.

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