Another throwback. This one I saw from Thorne’s post. I got a call from Kenny Ortega. I met with him about making a show for the closing ceremonies of the 96 Olympics. He wanted to include our “sports”. We put together a team and designed a crazy set up that 800 people could put together in 7 min. We called it Sport As Art. .
Here’s Thones memories and pics:
• @rickthorne So with the @olympics comin’ up this year I have to spit some history to ya. And yo to all the Olympic bmxers out there, congrats and your welcome, it took 24 years AFTER we did the closin’ ceremonies for the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 presentin’ our sport to get to where it’s at today. It’s crazy to think that some of you in the Olympics might not have even of been born at this time when we did this presentation/demo and yes I’m still rippin’ 🤘🏻 Y’all owe us a royalty ha ha ha ha just kiddin’. Anyhow here’s a little story for you, there was 8 BMX’ers, 8 skateboarders, 8 in-line skaters, we practiced a week before hand to choreograph our runs. And all those ramps were wheeled out in between commercial break FYI it was insane plus there were 80,000 people. So anyhow we all were dressed the same according to our sport. They made us our own clothes to wear, and painted our helmets to match as well. So when they gave us all of our gear and helmet that we had to wear, that was matching, (which I still have my outfit SEE PHOTO SWIPE 🏻 it’s been in a box for years it looks like a rat ate through the center of the shirt ha ha) one of the riders did not have his visor returned IN TIME and we had to practice our runs. The visor was still getting painted and everyone was makin’ fun of the fact that he had no visor then @tonyhawk said what’s the point of a visor? I said yeah what is the point so I purposely took my visor off my helmet so my parents would know which one was me when they watched the show because we were all dressed the same and I knew it would be hard to pick me out amongst all the chaos. Anyhow that’s where are the full face with no visor movement officially started FYI… so I told my mom yo look for the rider that does not have a visor on his helmet that will be me. So in the be