Athlete supports freestyle training center |

Athlete supports freestyle training center

As both a youth in Summit County and a Team Summit freestyle athlete, I feel it is my duty to write expressing my support of the new freestyle training center that hopefully will be built at Keystone.

Contrary to what some may believe, the supporters of the center are hoping that it will be a community center. It is meant to be a facility that will provide facilities for all Summit County’s citizens to use and enjoy.

The center is the brainchild of The Landon Morley Sawyer Foundation. Founded in 2002, the organization is designed to promote and foster the sport of freestyle skiing.

The center was created after Landon Sawyer tragically died in a skiing accident at Monarch Ski Area. The organization hopes to create a freestyle training facility that will bring the best parts of other training facilities and combine them into one to create a facility that has all aspects needed for training.

Many of the facilities that are going to be incorporated into the facility will not only be available for use in the public arena, but will provide facilities that may not currently be found in Keystone.

A training center such as this would optimally feature a weight-training facility, a yoga facility, an anti-gravity pavilion with an indoor skatepark, trampolines and foam pits.

The facility also would include water ramps for freestyle training, the addition of courts for basketball and volleyball, a possible outdoor area designated for street hockey and street-skate features, as well as maintaining some of the existing tennis courts.

I believe that the addition of the Landon Sawyer Training Facility at Keystone Resort would not only be a great feature, but it can take the idea of the training facility that the Tennis Center represented and extend that to apply to a multitude of sports.

The center will provide a means of recreation for which there is currently no zoning in Summit County. It also will provide a facility for the training of the growing realm of freestyle, action, and adventure sports.

For more information on the Landon Sawyer Organization, feel free to visit its Web site at

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