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2012 Ice Cross Downhillworld Championship

October 20, 2011

-On March 17, 2012, Quebec City will host the season finale of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship -

QUEBEC CITY, QC – October 19, 2011 – After twelve years of ice cross downhill competitions around the world, Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship returns in 2012 with its most exciting calendar to date. Starting with St. Paul, Minnesota on Jan. 14, the Championship makes a much anticipated return to the United States. Capitalizing on the growing popularity of the sport in Europe, the next two stops are in Valkenburg, Netherlands on Feb. 4 and Aare, Sweden on Feb. 18. Keeping with tradition, the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship culminates once again in Quebec City on March 17, 2012. Throughout, all eyes will be on Kyle Croxall (Comox, BC), and 2011 world champion Arttu Pihlainen (FIN), as they continue to push their rivalry, the sport and gravity.

2012 Race Calendar

January 14 : St. Paul (USA)
February 4 : Valkenburg (NED)
February 18 : Aare (SWE)
March 17 : Quebec City (CAN)

Crashing the Airwaves

Sports fans and thrill seekers: hang on to those remote controls because the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship will crash onto airwaves throughout the season with Rogers Sportsnet and the TVA Network broadcasting the four stops of the series. Witness all the action from the comfort of your own living room, as skaters hurtle down a twisting, jumping ice track at speeds of more than 60km/hr.

A Decade of Breath-Taking Action

In 2000, a new sport was born, “a sport of the century” as a renowned English newspaper described the breath-taking new competition. Athletes from around the world flocked to the Swedish capital Stockholm for the inaugural race – wearing hockey skates in a man vs. man battle down a 300-metre long ice track filled with gap jumps, ice steps, and razor-sharp hairpin turns. The first race in Stockholm was a pilot project both from a sporting and technical perspective, because the construction work involved was so extensive there was no chance to test the event out in an advance and see what the athletes would be up against.

Since then, there have been 20 races in 11 cities, 10 countries and 6 competitions in Quebec City since 2006. Hundreds of thousands of spectators have watched the races on the ever-more advanced tracks – on ski slopes in the mountains and through urban valleys in city centres. While in the past the races were staged as individual events, it is now a formal world championship since 2010.

About Red Bull Crashed Ice

The electrifying clink of heavy metal to ice and the deafening roars of 110,000 fans herald the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship. Ice cross downhill aces storm down an urban ice track showcasing their strength, speed, and technique on an urban ice track filed with turns, jumps, and drops.

World championship points are up for grabs at each of the four stops of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship: the winner collects 1,000 points and competitors all the way down to 100th (0.5 point) can collect valuable points. Whoever finishes the season with the most points after the four races will be crowned the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion.

Registration & Qualifiers

The Red Bull Crashed World Championship 2012 is once again an open event with national qualifiers taking place ahead of each of the four stops. The fastest skaters from each qualifying event will then be invited to compete against the best in the world at the main event. Keep your blades sharp, as registration details for Canada will be posted very soon to www.redbullcrashedice.com.

Red Bull Crashed Ice Game: Test your control power, speed, stamina, and acceleration at the touch of a button at www.redbull.ca/crashedicegame.

2011 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Standings: 1. Arttu Pihlainen (FIN/3800 points), 2. Kyle Croxall (CAN/3200 points), 3. Scott Croxall (CAN/2030), 4. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, (CAN/1610), 5. Kilian Braun (SUI/1600).

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