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Minnesota dad recreates Winter Olympics in his front yard

Posted by Lara Salahi  February 10, 2014 03:33 PM

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Tim Smith, from Crystal, Minn., just raised the bar for dad of the year.

The father of three kids, ages 12, 10, and 7, wanted to break the winter boredom by creating a 12-foot-tall ice luge in his front yard. But what was built for fun quickly turned into an all out Sochi meets Crystal winter Olympic-style competition that involved all of the kids in the neighborhood.

"We had actual Olympic medals," Smith told ABC's "Good Morning America." "We put stickers on them that said 'Smith Olympics.'"

The neighborhood kids could even register and pick up their competition number at a formal booth. The kids even helped light the "Olympic torch" and parts of the games were set to a soundtrack to make it seem authentic.

"With the huge fire and sounds of the Olympic song playing, just everything lit and in full working mode. It was incredible for kids and adults alike," Smith said.

Smith told "Good Morning America" the competition was divided up into three categories: speed, distance and style.

"The kids had a lot of fun with the style category," Smith said. "It was freestyle, so the kids could do whatever they want like putting their hands up or really getting creative."

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