'Team Canada' heads to Prague for Red Bull Crashed Ice redemption

    - Victory elusive for hometown heroes in Québec City, but top Canadians
    in hot pursuit of glory in Prague 2009 -

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - It's not over until the Canadians say it's over!
This past weekend, Red Bull Crashed Ice 2009 in Québec City went to an amazing
Finnish, as two-time champ Arttu Pihlainen demonstrated incredible skill and
speed to claim first place for the second year skating. Now, four Canadians
consisting of two past champs and this year's top ranked finishers are on a
mission to thunder through Prague on February 7th to take the title back to
Canada. Prague is the first European city and only the second city worldwide
to host this demanding race more than once (Quebec, 2006 - 09).
    'Team Canada' will include: third place winner and the only Canuck on
this year's Québec City podium, Kyle Croxall of Mississauga, Ontario; two-time
Red Bull Crashed Ice champion Kevin Olson of Lethbridge, Alberta; 2006 champ
Gabriel Andre of Edmonton, Alberta; and fan favourite Christian Papillon of
Québec City, Quebec.
    Red Bull Crashed Ice, arguably the fastest sport on skates, is a
combination of hockey, downhill skiing, and bordercross. No traditional
flat-surface ice rink here! Bold action-sports enthusiasts and major
adrenaline junkies from across the globe will rocket down an ice chute full of
turns, jumps and underpasses at speeds of almost 70 km/hr.
    Speak with Canada's finest Red Bull Crashed Ice athletes to find out how
they will be relying on the pride of the Maple Leaf to edge out the
high-octane competition and take home Red Bull Crashed Ice bragging rights.

    Who:   Red Bull Crashed Ice 'Team Canada'
           -  Two-time champion Kevin Olson, Lethbridge, AB
           -  2006 champion Gabriel Andre, Edmonton, AB
           -  2009's third place winner Kyle Croxall, Mississauga, ON
           -  Fan favourite, Christian Papillon, Québec City, QC

    What:  Red Bull Crashed Ice 2009 at Vysehrad in Prague

    When:  This week - we'll come to you or we'll set up a phoner!

    Since Québec produces some of the world's best hockey players, its
capital city is a fitting return location for Red Bull Crashed Ice. Already,
hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have witnessed the
action-packed new sport of ice-cross downhill in cities with rich hockey
roots, including its debut in Stockholm, Sweden (2000), Klagenfurt, Austria
(2001), Duluth, Minnesota, USA (2003, 2004), Moscow, Russia (2004), Prague,
Czech Republic (2005), Helsinki, Finland (2007), Davos, Switzerland (2008)
along with its exciting fourth annual Canadian showing in Québec City. Visit
www.redbullcrashedice.ca for more information.

    Check out the action from Red Bull Crashed Ice 2009 in Québec City and
download images or video footage from the following link:

    Username: media
    Password: red00bull

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For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Michelle Easton, Alana Lipton, Edelman, (416) 979-1120 x 347/222,

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