The gold-medal-winning skier, who became the proud papa of a baby boy, Jack, on Tuesday, is the face of the Esurance Icer Air ski and snowboard competition,entering its third year. This year, the competition will again take place at AT&T Park; the inaugural event was held on Fillmore Street. Skiers and snowboarders will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes as they perform tricks off a 10-story, 350-foot-long jump covered with 200 tons of snow.
What sets the event this year apart from its two previous years? We have basically multiple sports this year, whereas last year we had snowboarding and skiing big air, and a skate half pipe. We have a village set up with BMX vert [ramp] and street-style riding and skateboard street skating. We even have a wakeboard session in McCovey Cove and freestyle motocross.
McCovey Cove is Barry Bonds territory. Did you clear the wakeboarding with Barry? No. I better put in a call to him. Barry, if it’s not OK, call me. Actually it’d be great to see Barry on a wakeboard.
Are there any special nuances to doing winter events in a summer environment? The snow is interesting. Whenever it’s warm outside the snow is different than when it’s on the [ski] hill. It’s melting and not replenishing itself. It’s soft, and it gets rutty. … They’ll probably be jumping in front of a crowd bigger than they ever jumped in front of. And the lights. The visuals are different. That’s why the [experienced] guys do the best.
Are we going to see you out there in November? Definitely. I’ll be out there for sure. I usually take a jump. I’m never quite sure if it’s going to happen. It’s more of an impulse thing. But I’ll be out there definitely.
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