Celebrate summer by hucking and tucking

LAKE PLACID Rodeos, D-spins, Flat spins, Mute Grabs, Corks, Dinner Rolls and more await as the Olympic village delivers a summer-ending splash Saturday, Aug. 23. Its the 5th annual Lake Placid Huck and Tuck and it will take the place at the Freestyle Sports Park on Route 73 at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Local and regional freeskiers and riders will impress with their steeziest moves off the single kicker into the 750,000-gallon pool during this new school, free-ride competition. The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) will award a cash purse of $300 and a 2009 freestyle pool pass worth $600, which allows the winner use of the pool next summer. The Lake Placid Huck and Tucks mantra is the greater the dare the bigger the air! Its that all-important wow factor that the judges will consider in determining a winner. With that, the contestants are free to improvise. The action begins with a day of training Friday, Aug. 22 on the trampoline and ramps from 12:45-4 p.m. Training resumes 8 a.m. Saturday with two qualifying rounds to follow. The top 30 competitors from the qualifications will move on to the 1 p.m. afternoon finals. The rest of the competitors are eligible to showcase their tricks on the rails during the Rail Jam Showcase on snow after the competition. At the adjacent freestyle hill, snow will be brought in allowing skiers and riders to session a rail on the real stuff. Participants must be intermediate skiers or better and be current members of USSA or USASA. Anyone interested in competing should contact Lee-Ann Freire at (518) 523-8824. Entry fee is $75.

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