- Canadian ace, Kyle Croxall, hopes he can clinch the 2012 World
Championship with a win on March 17th -
QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Adrenaline, anticipation, and the
framework to perhaps the most spectacular man-made course in sport - is
filling the streets of historic Old Quebec, as Red Bull Crashed Ice
returns to its roots for a seventh year on March 17, 2012. The race in
Quebec is the stage for the World Championship finale, after three
previous races in St. Paul (USA), Valkenburg (NED), and Aare (SWE).
All eyes will be on the current world championship leader Kyle Croxall
from Mississauga, Ontario and his close rival - 2011 world champion
Arttu Pihlainen from Finland. In Are, Croxall saw his lead in the overall standings cut to 240 points from Pihlainen going into the final race of the
season in Quebec City, with up to five racers in with a shout of taking
the title which Croxall has been the favourite to claim. World
Championship points are up for grabs at each of the four stops of the
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship: 1,000 points all the way down
to 0.5 points can be collected for athletes who place first to 100th. Whoever finishes the season with the most points after the four races
will be crowned the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion.
Adam Horst (Fort St. John, BC) scored possibly the biggest upset in the
history of ice cross downhill, as the Canadian secured an incredible
win during the third race of the season in Are, Sweden, while Kyle's
brother, Scott, finished third. The track put the skids under the
championship charge of Kyle Croxall as the overall leader and winner of
the first two races hit the wall at the quarter-final stage. The
Croxall brothers and Horst will definitely be hot on their heels, vying
for a spot on the podium again in 2012 in front thousands of screaming
spectators in Quebec City.
The Quest to Qualify
This year, more than 10,000 Canadians registered for the chance to
compete at one of 13 qualifying events across the country. From there,
a random lottery selected 200 men and 20 women per qualifying city to
tackle individual speed trials on a challenging flat-surface obstacle
course filled with jumps, dives, and turns. Fifty walk-up spots were
also available at each event for determined athletes who weren't
selected in the lottery. To narrow the crop of athletes down to 100 men
and 20 women, top participants from each qualifier who demonstrated the
best skating skill, agility, speed, and strength earned a spot at the
main event in Quebec City.
A Crash Course on The Urban Ice Track
Quebec City is a classic stop on the Red Bull Crashed Ice circuit -
recognized as featuring the longest, fastest, and toughest track of the
entire World Championship series. This year's course starts with a
bang, as the rounded start ramp launches riders to intense speeds as
they enter the infamous first straight. Chock full of tricky jumps and
obstacles, the straight gives competitors the chance to battle for
position. Next is a roller coaster-like track with dizzying peaks and
valleys pushing skaters up and down, and then turning them almost 360°
bringing the racers underneath the bridge they just came from.
At that point, those who haven't completely lost their bearings are then
sent into the long and fast straight, which incorporates new twists for
2012. The long banked turn at the end of this straight resembles
traditional speed skating races where skaters must resist increased
G-forces while leaning in at full speed.
Up next is the infamous "painted-wall" which is notorious for its
intimidating steepness - courage, skill, and balance are all key to
staying in the race at this point. Those who are still on their skates
will face a test of endurance, as the final leg of the track pushes not
only racers' stamina, but also their tenacity!
Running 550 meters long, averaging 4.5 meters wide, with a 60-metre
vertical and 180° turns and 50° incline, the course heralds new
obstacles to showcase the skaters' strength, speed, and technique.
Starting at the Château Frontenac, this year's ice track will also
require serious strategy, as racers will encounter more passing
opportunities before they come to a finish by the Saint Lawrence River
at Place de Paris.
MINI Rookie Award
Once again this year, MINI will honour Red Bull Crashed Ice newcomers.
At each World Championship stop, the best rookie ranked among the world
elite will receive an individual trophy plus the use of a MINI for
testing. MINI, a keen promoter of young talent, is once again the
official automotive partner of Red Bull Crashed Ice.
Red Bull Insider App
Now fans can keep a finger on the pulse of all the Red Bull Crashed Ice
excitement with the Red Bull Insider App - the ultimate guide to Quebec City and all the Crashed Ice action - now available in the
For those who have ever dreamed of skating down the Red Bull Crashed Ice
track, they get their virtual chance with the Red Bull Crashed Ice Game. Control power, speed, stamina, and acceleration are all awaiting with
the touch of a button at www.redbull.ca/crashedicegame.
Crashing the Airwaves
The 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship has been crashing
airwaves throughout the season as Rogers Sportsnet and TVA Sports are broadcasting all four stops of the series. Witness all the action
live from Quebec City on March 17th at 8:30p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet and TVA Network from the comfort of your own home as skaters brave the extreme ice
tracks at speeds of more than 60km/hr.
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Ranking 2012
Current World Championship standings are 1. Kyle Croxall (CAN/2200
points), 2. Arttu Pihlainen (FIN/1960 points), 3. Scott Croxall
(CAN/1700 points), 4. Adam Horst (CAN/1690 points), 5. Fabian Mels
(GER/1274 points), 6. Paavo Klintrup (FIN/1210 points)
About the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship
A combination of hockey, boardercross, and downhill skiing, Red Bull
Crashed Ice sets a thrilling stage for intrepid male and female amateur
and pro hockey players from around the globe. No flat surfaces here -
instead, daring racers hurtle down a 550-metre long ice track coiling
through the city's stunning landscape while battling massive jumps,
gaping drops, hairpin turns and each other to the icy, epic finish.
Each stop of the 2012 World Championship features an Elimination Round
for national and international athletes. In Quebec City, the National
Shoot-Out for Canadian athletes takes place on March 15th, and the International Shoot-Out for international athletes only, takes
place on March 16th. The fastest 64 Canadian and 64 international athletes from each
Shoot-Out will advance to Friday night's Elimination Round. These ice
mavericks will then be seeded into brackets of four, as the two skaters
from each bracket with the highest speeds advance to the Finals on
Saturday, March 17th.
Red Bull Crashed Ice Newsroom
The Red Bull Crashed Ice Newsroom is a free-of-charge media service
providing news stories, high-resolution photographs, clips for TV, web
and radio as well as race results and background information about the
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship. For more news and content
including media accreditation, please visit the newsroom at www.redbullcrashedicenewsroom.com. Media accreditation closes one week prior to the Quebec City race. All
media must register by then.
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