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Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships Headed to Minnesota in January 2012
Word was released on Dec. 6, 2011, that the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships are slated to take place Jan. 12-15, 2012, in St. Paul, Minn. If you love extreme winter sports and have never heard of ice cross, you may want to broaden your horizons. It's unlike any other winter sport available today. In my opinion, it's also a lot of fun to watch.
Here's a bit more information about the event, including how you may get in on the action:
About the Event
Crashed ice may sound like a new sport to some folks, but it has actually been around since 2001. It even has a seven-time World Champion by the name of Jasper Felder. Felder isn't the only competitor to have held the championship title multiple times. He is joined in that honor by current and five-time champion Arttu Pihlainen, as well as two-time winners Kevin Olson, Miikka Jouhkamainen and Kyle Croxall.
The sport was founded in Stockholm, Sweden, and consists of hockey-skate clad competitors racing downhill at breakneck speed. The person that crosses the finish line first wins 1,000 points. The other competitors receive fewer points based on when they cross the finish line. At the end of the series, the person with the most points is anointed the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion.
The road to victory is not smooth, however. Competitors must circumvent obstacles, making it more of a white knuckle experience than your grandmother's day at the local ice rink. In Minnesota, the 1,330-foot icy course will center on the area around the Cathedral of St. Paul, and include a 131-foot vertical drop and enough jibbing action to undoubtedly make adrenaline addicts cheer. Competitors are expected to reach speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour.
How to Become a Competitor
If you feel up for the challenge and are at least 16 years old, you may try to get your name on the list of competitors by participating at any one of the qualifying try outs held throughout December.
Registration information, an athlete's handbook and qualifying locations may be accessed through the Red Bull website. Some qualifying rounds have already been held in Sweden, which resulted in 15 individuals being added to the competition's roster. Don't live in Minnesota? Don't despair, because there will be additional events held in the Netherlands, Sweden and Canada throughout February and March 2012.
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