-Red Bull Crashed Ice kicks off the 2013 Ice Cross Downhill World
Championship Series with daring athletes from across the globe bringing
the heat on ice on December 1, 2012 -
NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Dec. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Taking home the glory in the
first ever Red Bull Crashed Ice in Niagara Falls, defending world
champion Kyle Croxall of Mississauga, ON survived a heavy crash and
came from far behind to win the opening round of the 2013 Ice Cross
Downhill World Championship. To the delight of a frenzied home crowd on
Saturday, December 1, 2012, Croxall outpaced American Cameron Naasz and
Switzerland's Kilian Braun down the treacherous 460-metre ice track.
Arguably the fastest sport on skates, the thrilling and chilling Red
Bull Crashed Ice season opener electrified the crowd of more than
35,000 screaming fans as the top athletes from across Canada and around
the globe hurtled down the urban ice track built with massive drops,
gaps, steps, hairpin turns, and big-air jumps - all for the chance to
win Red Bull Crashed Ice glory.
"It was a lot of pressure but I just tried to maintain my style," a
beaming Croxall said at the finish line. "It was awesome. I've got so
many friends here and the Canadian crowd is amazing."
Croxall, a firefighter who showed off an uncanny ability to come from
behind in almost all his races on Saturday, crashed into Braun shortly
after the start and turned his fleet-footed rival into a Swiss
sandwich. This unpredictable sport saw many of the stars from last
season upset by hard-charging newcomers, with Croxall's closest rivals
from the 2012 World Championship including his brother Scott failing to
advance to the final race. Finland's Arttu Pihlainen was injured on
during training, and the 2011 champion decided to pull out of the race.
Adam Horst of Fort St. John, BC rounded out the top four in Saturday's
sensational race to the edge of the falls.
Representing the ladies, fearless female and defending women's division
champ Fannie Desforges from Ottawa, ON brought the fire on ice,
capturing the title for the second year in a row against 15 mighty
women. "I put a positive spin on the pressure to defend my title
because it's really anybody's game, but coming towards the end, we were
head-to-head and I sprinted to the final to bring it home," said
Desforges. "I brought in my speed when I needed to, and knew it was my
time to shine!"
The top finishers in each division skate away with not only bragging
rights but take home a share of the prize purse totalling $18,730.
Once again, Red Bull Crashed Ice rocked and awed with its epic features
and proportions. Running 460-metres (1,509 feet) in length, an average
width of 4.5 metres (15 feet), the Red Bull Crashed Ice course unfurled
into a massive total of 22,000 square feet) of ice! The race started
under the gaze of the world's famous 775-feet tall Skylon Tower and
concluded at the edge of one of the seven natural wonders of the world
- Niagara Falls. The start gates were the first and last chance for
skaters to take in the spectacular views of Niagara Falls and Buffalo,
New York, as the course sent them storming quickly down Murray Street
to the raucous cheers of thousands of screaming fans.
A crew of hundreds spent four weeks constructing this
discipline-twisting course, spreading over 40 tons of—you guessed it,
crashed ice—across the streets of Niagara Falls. To ensure a smooth ice
surface, a cooling system featuring chiller machines helped maintain
optimal temperature throughout the structure of the course. Polymer
boards were used to keep competitors on the track and fans from harm's
way. Combined, crashed ice and boards alone were not enough to hold the
course up to the pounding from fans and skaters alike. Hundreds of
adjustable steel legs and a couple thousand large wood screws provided
foundational support to the infrastructure.
The Quest to Qualify
In its eighth year in Canada, Red Bull Crashed Ice saw more than 6,000
brazen athletes fight for their spot in the 2013 ice cross downhill
series at 12 qualifying events across the country. 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
New Race Format
The format is simple, but the racing is fierce. Each stop of the 2013
Ice Cross Downhill World Championship features qualifiers for national
and international athletes. The top 32 athletes from the National Shoot-Out (qualifier for Canadian athletes) advance to the Elimination Round and
the Canadians ranked from 33rd to 64th place advance to the International Shoot-Out. The top 16 female
athletes move on to the finals. The top 32 athletes from the International Shoot-Out (qualifier for international athletes) automatically advance to the
Saturday night finals and athletes ranked from 33rd to 64th place in the International Shoot-Out advance to the Elimination Round. In the shoot-outs, each athlete has two timed single runs and the
fastest time counts. The results determine the pairings for the
Elimination Round. These ice mavericks are then seeded into brackets of
four, as the top 64 competitors battle head-to-head in the Finals.
First Ever Team Challenge Race
The new Red Bull Crashed Ice season got off to a spectacular start on
Friday evening with the new team competition that saw up to six of the
world's best Ice Cross Downhill racers rocketing against each other
down the ice track set up on a steep slope opposite the majestic
Niagara Falls. Each of the 30 teams was comprised of three competitors,
and teams had a budget of 5,700 draft points - based on the world
standings - to pick its athletes. After a round of qualifiers, the top
16 teams moved forward to the Team Challenge Finals where Switzerland's
Swatch Pro Team, led by veteran ace Kilian Braun, came out on top of a
heated battle against the International Gladiators, led by reigning
world champion Kyle Croxall of Canada. The winning team shares a cash
purse of $6,000.
Crashing the Airwaves
The Ice Cross Downhill World Championship is part of the Red Bull Signature Series on NBC, which features the most progressive and innovative snowboarding,
mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing, and
BMX events. The Red Bull Crashed Ice Niagara Falls race will air on NBC
on January 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET. For more information, visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.
"Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect" Brings the Heat to Xbox Live Arcade
In "Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect," players join the worldwide winter
sports activity and skate through
urban-cityscapes-turned-obstacle-courses, bringing 50 km per hour
arcade-style fun to their living rooms. Supporting single player or
two-player modes, right out of the start gate players must build speed
by swinging their arms like an ice cross downhill champion. As the pace
picks up, competitors will lean into curves, duck, dodge and jump over
obstacles, and earn extra points by pulling off awesome tricks as they
race past cheering fans to the finish.
About Red Bull Crashed Ice - Ice Cross Downhill World Championship
Take some of the best and toughest ice-hockey players in the world,
place them in a sizzling atmosphere with stunning surroundings, and
build a downhill race track with tons of steel and a huge cooling
system with thousands of square metres of frozen water, and a Red Bull
Crashed Ice "arena" is made. Since the first ever race in 2001, Red
Bull Crashed Ice has become the most breathtaking winter sports events
in the world. Ice Cross Downhill aces hurtle down courses up to 500
metres in length in groups of four, shoulder to shoulder, as skaters
fight it out for victory. The whole race is held on a steep downhill
track dotted with chicanes, jumps and rollers. Pushing, sliding,
sprinting and wrangling are all on the menu as the athletes race down
the course, but the rules are, in fact, very simple: first to the
Ice Cross Downhill World Championship 2013 Ranking: 1. Croxall (1,000 points), 2. Naasz (800 points), 3. Braun (600
points), 4. Horst (500 points), 5. Klintrup (450 points)
Red Bull Crashed Ice Niagara Falls Results: 1. Kyle Croxall (CAN), 2.
Cameron Naasz (USA), 3. Kilian Braun (SUI), 4. Adam Horst (CAN), 5.
Paavo Klintrup (FIN)
World Championship points are up for grabs at each of the five stops of
the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship: 1,000 points all the way
down to 0.5 points are collected for athletes who place first to 100th. The competitor who skates through the season with the most points
accumulated after the five races will be crowned the 2013 Red Bull
Crashed Ice World Champion.
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.
A Video News Cut from tonight's Finals is now available in the Red Bull
Crashed Ice Newsroom and on the following FTP site:
Folder: Red Bull Crashed Ice Niagara Falls
Twitter: @RedBullCanada | @CrashedIce | #crashedice
Red Bull Playgrounds: Your exclusive mobile guide for Red Bull Crashed Ice! Red Bull
Playgrounds - the only social discovery app that turns the world into
your playground - is now available for the iPhone (http://bit.ly/playgroundsiphone, Android http://bit.ly/playgroundsandroid as well as on the website www.redbull.ca/playgrounds).
Image with caption: "Third place Kilian Braun of Switzerland, first place Kyle Croxall of Mississauga and second place Cameron Naasz of the United States celebrate their well-deserved victory at Red Bull Crashed Ice in Niagara Falls. On December 1, more than 35,000 eager fans cheered these daredevil athletes to glory as they battled down a 460-metre urban ice track finishing at the edge of the falls. (CNW Group/Red Bull Crashed Ice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121202_C5432_PHOTO_EN_21455.jpg
Image with caption: "Third place Jacqueline Legere of Paris (ON), first place Fannie Desforge of Ottawa (ON), and second place Danielle Bergen of Drake (SK) grasp victory as the fastest female athletes in Red Bull Crashed Ice 2013's season opener in Niagara Falls, Ontario on December 1. The women's division, now in its fifth season, consistently brings out some of the fiercest, most fearless female athletes from around the world. (CNW Group/Red Bull Crashed Ice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121202_C5432_PHOTO_EN_21451.jpg
Image with caption: "SEE YOU AT THE FINISH LINE! Kyle Croxall of Mississauga (ON) speeds toward icy glory at Red Bull Crashed Ice in Niagara Falls on Saturday, December 1. With hairpin turns, 45 degree vertical drops, and a liberal dose of jumps and gaps, the colossal ice cross downhill track that kicked-off the 2013 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship season was not for the faint of heart. (CNW Group/Red Bull Crashed Ice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121202_C5432_PHOTO_EN_21457.jpg
Image with caption: "On Saturday, December 1, more than 35,000 spectators flocked to the streets of Niagara Falls to cheer competitors on at the season opener of Red Bull Crashed Ice. A crew of hundreds spent four weeks constructing the one-of-a-kind 460-meter urban ice track, packed with vertical drops, razor-sharp turns, jumps and steps spiraling towards the course's finish line at edge of the magnificent falls. (CNW Group/Red Bull Crashed Ice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121202_C5432_PHOTO_EN_21453.jpg
SOURCE: Red Bull Crashed Ice
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