Crashed Ice Returns to Quebec City for 2013 Season Finale

Crashed Ice Returns to Quebec City for 2013 Season Finale

ICE CROSS DOWNHILL RETURNS TO CANADA FOR THE HEART-PUMPING 2013 SEASON FINALE

Top-ranked skater and defending Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion, Canadian Kyle Croxall, sets his sights on ice cold victory in Quebec City, QC on March 16, 2013

Photo by Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

Photo by Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

QUEBEC CITY, QC – February 21, 2013 – Racers ready! The Ice Cross Downhill World Championship returns to Quebec City, QC for an eighth consecutive year as the fastest sport on skates comes to a stunning finale in the last leg of the five-stop series that kicked off on Canadian soil in Niagara Falls, ON. On March 16th, Canadian aces will race for glory on a new course that promises a heart-pumping and thrilling battle to the finish line to crown the 2013 World Champion. The 2012 World Champion Kyle Croxall (Mississauga, ON) — who now has an impressive total of six career victories — is eager to repeat last year’s triumph in the heart of Old Quebec, and clinch the final victory of the season in front of thousands of home country spectators.

Emerging victorious in the first ever Red Bull Crashed Ice taking place in Niagara Falls, ON, Croxall 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. Then in the second race of the season in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, Croxall gave all to outpace his brother Scott and American Cameron Naasz in a breathtaking photo finish in the final. The third race of the championship series in Landgraaf, Netherlands, was a bleak weekend for the usually powerful Canadian competitors who struggled on the first indoor ice cross downhill course of the series – marking the first time since the World Championship was launched in 2010 that a Canadian athlete failed to make it to the podium. The series’ shortest and steepest track caught many of the skaters by surpise, as many were suited to longer tracks with higher start ramps. Croxall had mastered many tracks en route to claiming his first title in 2012; however, he entered his four-man Elimination Round heat short on confidence and, after slamming into the boards, was out. “I was first out of the gate, hit a bump on the ice and went down into the boards pretty hard,” said Croxall. “I honestly don’t think this will matter too much for the championship. I’m ahead with 2,000 points. I’ve still got two more races to try to win.” With one last stop in Lausanne, Switzerland before the season comes to a close in Quebec City, the reigning World Champ is primed to put on the heat in his quest for glory.

Tune into Sportsnet and TVA Sports to watch the remaining stops of the 2013 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship live from the comfort of your home. Witness all the action live from Quebec City on March 16, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet and TVA, as skaters hurtle down a twisting, rolling ice track at speeds of more than 60km/hr.

A Track Built for Canadian Racers

photo by Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

photo by Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

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 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship series. Running more than 594 metres long, averaging 4.8 metres wide, and with a 60-metre vertical, this year’s course features a new start and new obstacles to showcase the skaters’ strength, speed, and technique. In front of the Samuel de Champlain monument, the start ramp will launch the riders to intense speeds as they enter the first straight in front of the Château Frontenac, promising spectacular battles. Chock full of tricky jumps and obstacles, the straight on côte de la Montagne will also give competitors the chance to battle for position.

Next is a rollercoaster-like portion of the track with dizzying peaks and valleys pushing skaters up and down, and then turning them almost 360° bringing the racers in a new banked turn in Montmorency Park. At that point, those who haven’t completely lost their bearings are then sent into the long and fast straight. Up next is the infamous “painted-wall,” which features – for the first time in Ice Cross Downhill history – a very fast spiral launching the skaters in full action. 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! The track will also require serious strategy, as racers will encounter more passing opportunities before they come to a finish by the banks of the Saint Lawrence River at Place de Paris.

“The start of the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2013 course in Quebec City will benefit the skaters unlike the first four tracks of the season that benefit the sliders. Since Canadians have a strong hockey background, they will most likely be more explosive and they will be able to use their skills to take the lead earlier in the race,” said Christian Papillon, Red Bull Crashed Ice Sport Director.

The Thrill of Racing Downhill

This year, thousands of 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. 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 first race of the season in Niagara Falls on December 1st. Canada’s top 64 male athletes and top 16 female athletes after the National Shoot-Out earned their spot in the season finale in Quebec City.

Ferocious Battle to the Podium – Team Challenge

The Red Bull Crashed Ice Team Challenge will hit the course one more time in Quebec City, as up to six of the world’s best ice cross downhill racers rocket against each other down the ice track. Each of the teams is comprised of three competitors, and each team had budget of 5,700 draft points – based on the world standings – to pick its athletes. After a round of qualifiers, the top 16 teams advance to the Team Challenge finals. “The team competition is a bigger challenge because there are six riders on the track and it’s more interesting for the crowds because the crashes are even more spectacular,” said Kilian Braun from Switzerland. Kyle Croxall said he also enjoys the extra racing. “The more time you get on the track, the better you’re going to get at it and the more consistent you’ll be,” he said.

A Global Sport – Ice Cross Downhill

Canadians, Finns, Swedes, and Germans may be dominating the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship each year, but there are a handful of so-called “exotic“ athletes from such far-flung countries as Japan, Spain, Liechtenstein, and Poland who are helping to make ice cross downhill not only more of a truly international movement, but also better known around the globe. Last year was a banner year for Canada in the 11th year of ice cross downhill, with Kyle Croxall becoming the first Canadian to win the overall world championship title of the sport that has captivated the heart and soul of Canadians. The sport‘s popularity is surging all around the world, as Red Bull Crashed Ice is broadcast around the world.

Red Bull Crashed Ice Goes Digital – Kinect Championship

Fly down ice cross downhill tracks at incredible speed, carve through turns, pull off crazy stunts, and crash your way to victory across five authentic downhill tracks – all virtually with Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect. Take the prize and become the Ice Cross Downhill World Champion on the leaderboards, battling it out with other players from all over the world. After a series of qualifiers around the world, the top 10 players in the online competition plus 15 winners in an offline contest will travel to Quebec City and fight it out for the title in the digital championship finals on March 16th.

In Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect, players join the worldwide winter sports activity and skate through urban-cityscapes-turned-obstacle-courses, bringing arcade-style fun to their living rooms. Supporting single player or two-player modes, out of the starting 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.

Heaven’s Basement to Rock Red Bull Crashed Ice

British rock band Heaven’s Basement are set to perform Unbreakable – the signature song of the 2013 World Championship – live at the 2013 Season Finale, on Saturday, March 16th. The band known for their heavy touring schedule and high-energy live shows will perform immediately after Saturday’s finals at Place de Paris.

Ice Cross Downhill World Championship Standings: 1. Kyle Croxall (CAN) 2000.6 points 2. Derek Wedge 1760 points 3. Cameron Naasz (USA) 1445 points 4. Marco Dallago (AUT) 1380 points 5. Paavo Klintrup 1270 points 6. Miikka Jouhkimainen 980 points 7. Kilian Braun (SUI) 848 points 8. Scott Croxall (CAN) 841.6 points 9. Jim De Paoli (SUI) 780 points 10. Kim Muller (SUI) 778.8 points
World Championship points are up for grabs at each of the five stops: 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 is crowned the 2013 Ice Cross Downhill World Champion.

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