For the sixth consecutive year, downhill ice cross skating competition Crashed Ice is being held in St. Paul. It’s an increasingly popular event readily recognized by the visually intimidating track that peaks at the Cathedral of Saint Paul before swiftly descending 12 stories on a precarious surface of sheer ice molded into razor-sharp curves and precipitous jumps. The athletes, drawn from more than 20 countries, brave the 500-meter course four skaters to a heat, jostling for position even as they reach speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour. One of only four host cities in the 2016-17 Crashed Ice season, St. Paul also has the distinction of being home to the reigning World Champion, Cameron Naaz, who secured last year’s title with a stunning run against top seeded Scott Croxall. With the two athletes set to square off, the series of heats are certain to be competitively raced. For the 100,000 anticipated spectators, however, such background could easily be forgotten as they marvel at the sight of daredevil athletes executing jaw-dropping maneuvers as they barrel down the track to icebound glory. Look for more info at www.redbullcrashedice.com.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Red Bull Crashed Ice Returns to St. Paul, February 3 & 4
The world’s fastest sport on skates returns to Saint Paul, Minnesota on February 3rd and 4th as reigning Champion and Minnesota native Cameron Naasz will look to become the first athlete to win back-to-back World Championships.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, the Ice Cross Downhill event will feature a men’s and a women’s division, so expect high stakes and big drama as the first to the bottom wins.
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