QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Ice cross downhill athletes from 21 nations raced at blinding speeds down a 353-meter long ice track today in front of 23,000 thrilled spectators in Munich's historic Olympic Park. Kyle Croxall (Vancouver, BC) kept his balance and rode a wave of adrenaline to triumph on a challenging course filled with jumps, obstacles, and chicanes—winning the 17th race in Red Bull Crashed Ice history. Even though local hero Martin Niefnecker (GER) finished a disappointing 10th, the big crowd celebrated the world class action on the grounds, where the 1972 Summer Olympics were staged. Scott Croxall (Mississauga, ON), Kyle's younger brother, was disqualified for a false start in the final and ended up fourth.

The difficult track produced numerous spectacular duels thanks to its towering 15-meter high starting ramp and a 68-degree decline as well as two bridges, two kickers along with an eight-meter high jump and a six-meter long jump. Seven-time Red Bull Crashed Ice champion Jasper Felder (SWE) crashed out of the race in the round 16 when he hit a wall while racing at 70 km/h: "The world's best are getting stronger all the time and even the smallest mistake gets punished."

Kyle Croxall will be the man to beat at the next race in Valkenburg (NED) on February 5th. The fearless 22-year old racer has a 200-point lead in the world championship over Arttu Pihlainen (FIN/800 points). Defending world champion Martin Niefnecker (GER) will be looking for revenge in Valkenburg. "The championship is a four-race battle this year and it's still wide open," he said.

More than 140 workers spent 10 days building the 353-meter long downhill track of ice that was spread out over 2,000 square meters on special cooling mats that kept the ice at a constant -10 degrees Celsius. From Munich, the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship moves on to Valkenburg (NED) on February 5, then Moscow (RUS) on February 26 before the season finale in Quebec City on March 19.

Making the Cut - Quebec City
Each stop will feature an elimination round for National and International athletes. In Quebec, the National Shoot Out, with Canadian athletes only, and an International Shoot Out, with international athletes only, will take place on March 17 and 18 respectively. The fastest 64 Canadian and 64 international athletes from each Shoot Out will advance to Friday night's Elimination Round, where they'll be seeded into brackets of four, with the fastest two skaters advancing to the Finals on Saturday, March 19. Saturday night is when the alchemy of fire on ice happens, as the bracket format will narrow the field down from the top 64 qualifiers to a final four in the men's division, and from the top 16 qualifiers to the final four in the women's division.

The World Championship final rankings will be determined based on the points accumulated over the four stops. The top four finishers in both the men's and women's categories will skate away with not only bragging rights, but also a share of the prize purse totalling $15,150 for both divisions.

Final Results: Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship (Munich, Germany)

  1. Kyle Croxall (Vancouver, BC)
  2. Arttu Pihlainen (FIN)
  3. Lukas Kolc (CZE)
  4. Scott Croxall (Mississauga, ON)
  5. Adam Horst (Fort Saint-John, BC)

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