CINCINNATI -- Want to test your Olympian potential? You’ll have the chance Friday at Fountain Square.
The Road to Sochi Tour, an interactive sports tour that gives community members the opportunity to test fitness skills, is making a stop in the Queen City.
The tour is traveling across the county through the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Participants will have the chance to try out their Olympic and Paralympic skills through several interactive sports activities, including:
- Participants will compete head-to-head in a two-minute action-packed biathlon course. There will be two fully interactive stand-up ski ergometers with a shared projection screen.
- A bobsled will be positioned within the footprint for a digital photo opportunity enhanced with a bobsled track background. Participants will be able to upload their images and share socially with family and friends.
- Participants will have the opportunity to test a cross-country ski course utilizing roller skis, which are used by elite athletes for training during the warm summer months.
Curling & wheelchair curling
- Participants will have the opportunity to try both curling and wheelchair curling on an actual ice sheet and will be judged on the distance of the stone to the house using the hog line.
- Participants will walk back in time and have an opportunity to see some of the oldest, most historic figure skating memorabilia in the United States, including the U.S. Figure Skating Championship Trophy, which is a Tiffany & Co.-designed sterling silver award that features the names of every national champion in U.S. figure skating history in each of the four disciplines.
Ice hockey and sled hockey
- A hockey slap shot will test speed and accuracy. Participants will be challenged to take a shot both in a sled and on their feet at a regulation goal equipped with a radar gun and shooting targets. Top scores and speeds for both disciplines will be recorded and shown throughout the day.
- Participants will suit up and steer down a street luge ramp for a first-hand experience of one of the fastest sports in the Olympic Winter Games.
- A ski jump photo opportunity will allow participants to take a photo while "in flight." Skis will be mounted in a semi-vertical position, allowing users to step into ski boots for this custom shot. The green screen background is a photo from the actual take-off ramp in Sochi.
- Participants will board down virtual slopes utilizing two Wii kiosks that will operate independently or together so consumers can race against one another or conduct a solo skill/speed challenge. Fans can also playMario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
- This station will feature two slideboards that will give participants the opportunity to compete in a head-to-head one-minute skate off while challenging their strength, stamina and balance.
The activities are free and open to the public and runs from 1 p.m. through 7 p.m.