Ice Cross Downhill Charges into Canada with Two Races in the True North
- For the first time, Canada hosts both the season opener and season
finale of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship with stops in
Niagara Falls on December 1, 2012 and Quebec City on March 16, 2013 -
TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2012 /CNW/ – Red Bull Crashed Ice will be bigger than
ever in 2012/13 with five stops of the World Championship series coming
full circle in Canada – kicking off for the first time in Niagara
Falls, ON and culminating in a historic finale for the eighth year in
Quebec City, QC – with the first-ever Canadian Ice Cross Downhill World
Champion in a heated battle on ice to defend his title. Current World
Champion Kyle Croxall (Mississauga, ON), who thwarted Finland’s Arttu
Pihlainen and his brother Scott to capture the title in 2012, will have
two stops in Canada to prove his mettle on home soil. The season opens
in Niagara Falls, ON against the breathtaking and spectacular natural
backdrop of the magnificent falls, and the heart-pumping, thrilling
season will come to a close with the sport’s most iconic stop in the
heart of Quebec City, QC. Ice Cross Downhill soared to new heights in
2012 with more than 200,000 spectators watching four Red Bull Crashed
Ice races in Europe and North America, and the competition promises to
be even more intense in the 2012/13 season that has been expanded to
2013 RACE CALENDAR December 1, 2012 Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada) January 26, 2013 Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA) February 16, 2013 TBD (Russia) March 2, 2013 Lausanne (Switzerland) March 16, 2013 Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)
O CANADA, IT’S BEEN A BANNER YEAR
Kyle Croxall became the first Canadian to win the overall title in this
electrifying sport that has captivated the heart and soul of Canadians.
The sport’s popularity surged in the United States, the Netherlands,
and Sweden with a nail-biting championship battle between Croxall and
Pihlainen that came down to an intense fight to the finish of the last
few metres of the final race of the season.
While Pihlainen won the race in Quebec City, Kyle Croxall finished a
close second, which was just enough to win the towering Canadian
firefighter the world championship by the slimmest of margins ever.
Croxall finished with 3,000 points, just 40 points ahead of Pihlainen
(2,960), prevailing in the most thrilling finale in the 11-year history
of the sport. “I’ll have a lot of weight on my shoulders to try to keep
hold of the title and repeat the outcome of last season,” said Kyle
Croxall, who has been training hard in the off-season.
But a hard-charging pack of ever-improving rivals will be attempting to
knock Croxall of his throne. Pihlainen expects to be back after
off-season surgery on an injured knee while Scott Croxall (Mississauga,
ON), who finished third last season, is more determined than ever to
vie for the title. Kyle Croxall’s biggest threat may come from his
younger brother: “I hope to be the world champion,” said Scott Croxall.
“There will be challenging tracks along the way, and that’s pushed me
to train hard in the off season.” Canadians dominated in 2012, taking
three of the top four places, including Adam Horst of Fort St. John, BC
(fourth overall) behind Scott Croxall (third).
THINK YOU’RE FAST ENOUGH?
With its icy thrills and chilling spills in its epic eighth year in
Canada, Red Bull Crashed Ice continues the quest to find Canada’s most
brazen athletes to take on the ice cross downhill challenge. From September 4(th) until September 30(th) @ 11:59pm EST, fearless male and female athletes from across the country are invited
to register online at www.redbullcrashedice.com for the chance to participate in one of the 12 qualifying events that will take place across Canada in October. NEW THIS YEAR: Even though there are two Canadian stops, athletes will only have one
chance to compete in the 2013 world championship, with one registration
process and one round of qualifiers for both Canadian stops.
A lottery will randomly select 200 men and 20 women (per qualifying
city) to participate in each qualifying event, which consists of
individual speed trials on a traditional ice-hockey surface. Red Bull
Crashed Ice will also allow 50 walk-up spots per qualifying city (as time permits and registration allows). The 50 walk-ups (first come,
first serve) will join the 200 men and 20 women selected via the
lottery eligible to take part in the qualifiers as they all vie to
skate into Niagara Falls.
The top participants from each qualifier (100 men and 20 women in total)
who demonstrate the best speed, skill, agility, and strength will earn
a spot to battle to the bottom of the massive ice course in Niagara
Falls, ON. After the race in Niagara Falls on December 1st, the top 64
Canadian men and 16 women will earn their spot for the season finale
race in Quebec City.
CRASHING THE AIRWAVES
The 2013 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship will crash onto
airwaves throughout the season as Sportsnet and TVA Sports will broadcast the series’ five stops. Witness all the action from the
comfort of your own living room, as skaters hurtle down a twisting,
rolling ice track at speeds of more than 60km/hr.
Red Bull Crashed Ice 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. For more information, visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.
ABOUT RED BULL CRASHED ICE
A combination of hockey, boardercross, and downhill skiing, Red Bull
Crashed Ice sets a thrilling stage for intrepid male and female amateur
and pro hockey players from around the globe. No flat surfaces here -
instead, daring racers hurtle down an ice track showcasing their
strength, speed, and technique while battling massive jumps, gaping
drops, hairpin turns and each other to the icy, epic finish.
Each stop of the 2013 World Championship features shoot-outs for
national and international athletes. The fastest 64 Canadian and 64
international athletes from each shoot-out advance to the elimination
round where the ice mavericks are seeded into brackets of four, as the
two skaters from each bracket with the highest speeds advance to the
RED BULL CRASHED ICE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 RANKING: 1. Kyle Croxall (CAN/3000 points), 2. Arttu Pihlainen (FIN/2960
points), 3. Scott Croxall (CAN/2300 points), 4. Adam Horst (CAN/2190
points), 5. Paavo Klintrup (FIN/ 1660 points)
World Championship points were up for grabs at each of the four stops of
the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship: 1,000 points all the way
down to 0.5 points were collected for athletes who placed first to 100(th). The competitor who skated through the season with the most points
accumulated after the four races was crowned the 2012 Red Bull Crashed
Ice World Champion.
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Image with caption: “Canadian Kyle Croxall triumphed as the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion in the epic season finale in Quebec City in March 2012. In the upcoming 2013 season, Croxall will vie to keep his title with two stops on home soil, including the season opener on December 1, 2012 in Niagara Falls. (CNW Group/RED BULL CRASHED ICE)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120823_C8995_PHOTO_EN_17165.jpg
Image with caption: “Brazen athletes from across the country tackled a monolithic 584-metre urban ice track that wound through the heart of Old Quebec during the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in Quebec City. This season, the racers will return for the eighth year to Quebec for a thrilling season finale in March 2013. (CNW Group/RED BULL CRASHED ICE)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120823_C8995_PHOTO_EN_17167.jpg