Wind, snow and rain couldn’t keep 14 disco-dancing ski teams off the slopes of Copper Mountain, all of them driven toward one common goal: to take gold at the Red Bull 1976 Games.
After coming in second and third place in previous years, the Cream Team, comprised of four Park City high school students, was finally able to claim victory and the gold medal.
More than 30 years ago, Coloradans rejoiced with news that the 1976 Winter Olympic Games were coming to their state. Sadly, a coalition of activists and politicians campaigned against it and the games were moved to Innsbruck, Austria. Red Bull brought the games back to Colorado, and finally 1976 had its day stateside.
Now in its fourth year, Red Bull 1976 Games was bigger and better than before. Teams embraced the disco vibe by sporting mustaches (some real, some stuck-on), afro-wigs and gaper suits. Several teams returned to up the ante in the Old School Air portion, throwing down tricks and maneuvers that have never been seen before.
However, no team could outperform the experience and outrageousness of the Cream Team, who will go down in the annals of ‘76 Games history. Claiming the silver medal was team Swedish Acid from Copper Mountain, and taking home the bronze was the Village People from Steamboat.
“We knew we were going to drop 1976 like it’s hot,” said Tyler Smith of the Cream Team.
Check out the recap from the 2010 Red Bull 1976 Games below:
Most teams take training for this event very seriously. None moreso then third-place finishers Village People. Their strategy, according to team member Kerry Lofy, was to “mentally prepare ourselves by watching Hot Dog and holding a team yoga session.”
Copper Mountain Resort’s Sunsation Weekend was the perfect backdrop for the Games. The snow was firm, which made for a fast course in Snowblade Cross and massive air during the Old School Air competition.
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