Thursday, March 27, 2008

No Talent Needed In Pond Skimming

WHITEFISH, Mont. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It doesn’t take hot skills to skim across a frozen pond.

The 3rd Annual Pond Skim is sliding into Whitefish, Montana, on April 5, in which 60 costumed contestants will ski down a 200- foot snow-covered mountain and attempt to cross an icy, 100-foot- long pond.

According to event spokesperson Donnie Clapp, participants are eliminated if they fall into the 34-degree pond.

Advancing players then continue sliding from lower points in the hill until the last person standing takes the trophy.

But it doesn’t take talent to win.

He says, “There’s no way to practice, nor is there a lot of room for strategy. They have to be instinctual about it.”

With ability playing a lesser role, skiers turn to showmanship to win over the crowd.

Clapp explains, “People wear gorilla suits, dress as nuns, you name it. Some will get halfway down and decide they want to give a show, so they’ll go backwards, do 180s, or give a spectacular crash.”

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