Red Bull Crashed Ice 2012

The exhilarating Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2012 is set to begin in St. Paul, MN, on January 13-14.  Attracting participants from around the globe, this extreme sporting event is now in it’s 12th year.

The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2012 is an ice cross downhill competition.  What the heck is ice cross downhill?  It’s like downhill skiing but instead they’re skating.  Taker roller derby rivalry and add in some BMX jumps.  Combine this with 500 young athletic adventure seekers from 30 countries, an 1,150-foot track with a 45° start ramp, and speeds reaching 44mph – this is ice cross downhill.



This exciting sport sends 4 skaters at a time onto the course where they ultimately want to finish first.  The rules do not allow for physical contact between racers but many participants are involved in crashes and spills throughout the course.  Of course, crashing during ice cross downhill is the same as fighting is to hockey.

After the St. Paul series, the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2012 moves onto Valkenburg, Netherlands, for February 3-4; then to Aare, Sweden, on February 17-18; then back to it’s birthplace in Quebec City on March 16-17 where the final 64 competitors will compete in the finale.

Last years reigning champion, Arttu Pihlainen, will be defending his title in Quebec City where over 100,000 spectators are expected to attend.  Ice cross downhill is a thrilling sport to watch, especially for anyone that’s a hockey fan.  And, Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2012 finale spectators have the added bonus of being in beautiful, historical Quebec City – don’t miss visiting the Hotel de Glace or ice skating at Patinoire de la place d'Youville.



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