TODAY | February 06, 2013
>> tom joins us now on mt. rockefeller with a couple of other olympic hopefuls, who will tell us more about slope-style skiing. guys, ladies, nice to see you all. welcome.
>> thank you.
>> this is not new in the world of extreme sports but it's going to be new to a lot of people who tune in to watch the games in sochi. give me the basics. what do i need to know , tom?
>> we're more of an x-games, action sports kind of guys. for us it's a terrain park . you go down the run, there's jumps, rails, variety of different features and who can do the most difficult yet smooth, fluid-looking, fun-looking run. you try to kind of pick a run, do all these different tricks.
>> bobby, the skis, are they the kind of skis i would use on the weekend?
>> there's a tail -- or rounded on the tail so you can switch, do tricks backwards and land backwards as well.
>> carrie, danger element here? we're going to look at something that looks like if you miss it by that much, it will be a bad day .
>> danger is kind of the fun of it. every day you're conquering skis. it's a rush. it's so much fun.
>> we've got something set up here on mt. rockefeller. what do you call that, a rail?
>> we call that a down rail.
>> that's a down rail?
>> set on a down slope.
>> the object is to go jump up on that and do tricks once you're on it?
>> spin around, and spinoff.
>> tom, why don't you go first? before you go, what are you going to do?
>> i'm going to do a 270 on.
>> okay, great. tom wallisch. here we go.
>> did he nail it?
>> that was nailed? okay. nice going, tom.
>> thank you.
>> bobby, you're going to go second, right?
>> do you have a different trick planned for us?
>> left side, spin left, jumping over the rail and do a 270 off the rail.
>> before you do this, what kind of sports did you do before this? how did you end up in this?
>> pretty much every action sport , skateboarding, biking, mountain biking , and i kind of love being in the air, love to jump and having that rush.
>> reporter: all right, bobby, show us what you've got.all right, bobby, show us what you've got. make it is look so easy. you have a background in ice hockey ?
>> i do.
>> where did you play?
>> growing up in minnesota.
>> that's serious ice hockey .
>> >> oh, yeah.
>> how long have you been doing this?
>> eight years maybe.
>> is this as much fun as you've ever had as a sport?
>> oh, yeah. i don't know. i have fun with everything.
>> what are you going to do for us?
>> a switch up to switch. we'll see.
>> all right. carrie, go ahead.