- Thirty-three of the best ice cross downhill athletes move on to the final race of the 2012 season in Quebec City on March 17 -
QUEBEC CITY, March 16, 2012 /CNW/ - After tonight's electrifying Elimination Round, more than half of the 64 athletes moving on to the fourth and final race of the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship are Canadians - proving that Canucks have all the right moves on skates, combined with speed, balance, and strength to take them to the much anticipated season finale. Canadian racers outshined some of the most skilled international ice cross downhill athletes, edging out the competition on home country turf in the fastest sport on skates. After tonight's Elimination Round, only the top 64 athletes from 12 countries advance to the final showdown on Saturday, March 17 - where only one man will be crowned Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion. For details on the Canadian athletes who will move on to the Finals, please visit www.redbull.ca/crashedice.
Current World Championship standings leader, Kyle Croxall from Mississauga, ON, is determined to clinch the 2012 title with a win on Saturday. Croxall has seen his lead in the overall standings shrink between him and defending champion Arttu Pihlainen (FIN) going into the final race of the season. But sibling rivalry also adds drama to this season's races as hot on Kyle's heels is his younger brother Scott Croxall. Not to be overlooked, Adam Horst from Fort St. John, BC is another Canadian sensation who is making his mark on ice cross downhill after taking home the win in Sweden earlier this season.
True to form, the competition for Red Bull Crashed Ice glory is ice cold as national and international athletes are watching Kyle Croxall closely in hopes that he will loosen his grip on the lead. "The championship is definitely on my mind but I'm not stressing out about it," said Croxall, adding he is not worried that his challengers will have all eyes on him. "I think everyone always wants to stop me, so that won't be anything new. I'm going to do what I always do: try to get on the podium."
The season finale of the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship promises an action-packed icy adventure as four international races culminate with one epic ending in the heart of Quebec City. The stage is set for a thrilling season close as the top ice cross downhill athletes who advance from the Elimination Round prepare to careen down the 584-metre urban ice track in front of more than 100,000 expected roaring spectators - all for the chance to win Red Bull Crashed Ice victory and a share of the prize purse totalling $16,410. The top 64 men and top 16 women from the Elimination Round will be narrowed down in a bracket format to a final four in the men's and women's divisions.
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
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 - available on the AppStore.
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 Saturday, March 17 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)
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. The competitor who finishes the season with the most points after the four races will be crowned the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion.
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Image with caption: "Ice cross downhill mavericks battle to the bottom in the Elimination Round at Red Bull Crashed Ice in Quebec City on Friday, March 16. This year's course featured a rounded ramp testing the athlete's balance and agility as they raced down the 584-metre urban ice track coiling through Old Quebec. (CNW Group/RED BULL CRASHED ICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120317_C5342_PHOTO_EN_11242.jpg
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