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Shelley Osterloh ReportingThe US Freestyle Aerial team wraps up its Summer training with a special competition that promises some spectacular jumping and much more.

Shelley Osterloh visited the Utah Olympic Park today and previews the Sprint Ultimate Airwave.

The Water ramps at the Utah Olympic Park are similar to the ramps used by Freestyle aerialists who compete on snow. The water landing is much more forgiving, but the stunts are just as spectacular.

The summer season of training wraps up with the Sprint Ultimate Airwave competition which offers 25-thousand dollars in prize money. It's a chance for spectators to see some of the world's best jumpers, including Olympic Gold and World Champion Alisa Camplin of Australia and World's medalist Steve Omischl of Canada.

Alisa Camplin, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion: "The ultimate airwave is the premiere for the season, typically just been an american final, but this year they've invited some internationals. So this year I'm very pleased to come all the way from Australia to compete here in Park City again."

Steve Omischl, Canadian Worlds Medalist: "And I'm pretty excited because I've been working on some new jumps and I hope to throw them here and see how the podium turns out."

US aerialists will include Olympic medalists Joe Pack and Eric Bergoust, plus two time US Champion Ryan St. Onge. They say competitors really pull out their toughest tricks for the Airwave. Ryan St. Onge, US Champion: "And when it comes to the ultimate airwave, everybody is going to throw whatever it takes to win."

With 25-thousand dollars in prizes, there is bound to be some very stiff competition at the ultimate airwave. But there is lots that's just pure entertainment. Everything from polynesian dancers, sky divers, snowboarders doing some wacky tricks, even dogs doing tricks in the pool."

The show starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday and usually sells-out. Tickets cost 11 dollars and are available at Smith Tix.

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