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03-10-2013, 10:31 PM
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Red Bull Crashed Ice

For those who dont know, there is a sport called Ice Cross and Red Bull continues to take it to new heights with sponsoring what they called Crashed Ice.

Most of you probably have heard about it but it wasnt until the most recent race in Holland that I was able to watch and now I am so into it.

What do you guys think? Heard about anywhere recently by you? Any information on upcoming players, any relation to hockey? Because I know a ton of these guys were good hockey players. Any training information you heard of.


Let the discussion begin. I am training for this myself haha

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Seems a little too intense for me... to partake in that is lol. Definitely have to be amazing on your edges so I would imagine these guys have played hockey in the past.

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Seems a little too intense for me... to partake in that is lol. Definitely have to be amazing on your edges so I would imagine these guys have played hockey in the past.
I usually try to watch the stream online when it's on. Yeah, 99% of these guys have either played hockey in college or in the minors. Marty Straka did one last year in 2009. I believe he raced against Hasek, Petr Nedved, and one more former NHL player that I can't think of right now.

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Martin Straka commented for the news, whilst standing under the Vysehrad hill and breathing heavily: “That was the most crazy idea in my life. Now, I am going to stop that” smiling, though, only a few seconds after he ‘survived’ the coast.
http://www.abcprague.com/2009/02/09/...e-winners-2009

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'sensation' were do you live? There's a guy in Ottawa who gives powerskating/hockey clinics who was a crashed ice competitor recently.

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I've seen it in person. It is extremely demanding and quite dangerous. FYI. One of the guys on the Wild board tried out, he's a college player of some kind and missed the cut. You really do have to be a high level athlete to make it. Lots of weightlifting and power skating to train.

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On one hand, I'd love to do this. One the other hand, I've broken my wrist, both forearm bones, and dislocated my hand clean off the wrist. I'm alllllll set in ever wanting to actually participate

Fun to watch though, especially when people go flying

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVvJWvL6b5I

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'sensation' were do you live? There's a guy in Ottawa who gives powerskating/hockey clinics who was a crashed ice competitor recently.
haha i live on Long Island. CLosest thing i hear is Niagara falls. Ugh. Ill try some on roller hockey stuff. Work my way up. I think practicing for this can make you a better skater and thus a better hockey player

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I remember watching this on TV when it was in Quebec City. **** looks crazy.

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I would love to do something like this.

Obviously not up for a competitive run, but doing it at a moderate pace should be alright, seemingly.

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haha i live on Long Island. CLosest thing i hear is Niagara falls. Ugh. Ill try some on roller hockey stuff. Work my way up. I think practicing for this can make you a better skater and thus a better hockey player
O.k. by your name I thought maybe a sens fan from ottawa.

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Seemingly they're wearing all hockey gear?

I just can't imagine those skates being fit for purpose haha

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I would love to do something like this.

Obviously not up for a competitive run, but doing it at a moderate pace should be alright, seemingly.
I dunno if that's even possible! I mean they're going down steep hills of ice on skates. Just crazy. Absolutely crazy.

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This scares the crap out of me D: If I ever did this, it would be the last thing I ever did.

Pretty intense to watch though

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I finally saw this last weekend when it was on tv. looks so crazy. those guys have to be extremely amazing at ice skating haha

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I dunno if that's even possible! I mean they're going down steep hills of ice on skates. Just crazy. Absolutely crazy.
Yeah, that's the part I would love to try though. I'm not sure if I can properly control my edges on a steep hill, but at least I won't be taking strides and going out of control since I wouldn't be skating to finish first. These guys literally fire themselves out of a cannon from the start.

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I was invited to something like this to take part in the goalie race... Still thinking whether or not i should participate haha

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I know a few guys who actually try to qualify every year, and they're big on making videos of their adventures. From what I've heard they use a different rocker, so there's a bigger part of the blade touching the ice.

You can also try it yourself in Europe now, there's a permanent track in Finland if you dare...

Here's a vid of these guys visiting that track:
http://vimeo.com/60941569#

And some info on prices and how to get there:
http://www.serena.fi/en/ski/slopes-a...ross-downhill/

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I know a guy who did the Quebec and St Pauls races for 2 years. He was a junior level player here in Manitoba. He said it was physically demanding because of the multiple runs/day but said it was super fun both as a sport, and as a party afterwards.

I think a few ski resorts in Europe maintain permanent tracks now.

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I know a few guys who actually try to qualify every year, and they're big on making videos of their adventures. From what I've heard they use a different rocker, so there's a bigger part of the blade touching the ice.

You can also try it yourself in Europe now, there's a permanent track in Finland if you dare...

Here's a vid of these guys visiting that track:
http://vimeo.com/60941569#

And some info on prices and how to get there:
http://www.serena.fi/en/ski/slopes-a...ross-downhill/
It would certainly be interesting to try, at least once going at your own pace. But I don't know, seems like the same sort of thrill you'd get skiing down one of those tracks, which would probably be much easier/safer to do.

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It would certainly be interesting to try, at least once going at your own pace. But I don't know, seems like the same sort of thrill you'd get skiing down one of those tracks, which would probably be much easier/safer to do.
Yeah, same here. If I ever get to finland I might try it, but I don't feel the urge. I think the real thrill comes if you race other guys, but that also means higher risk.

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I've always wanted to try it.

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would love to try it, but not sure of what medical coverage I have . Think I heard in one of those streams that they hit 55-60 mph at their fastest, but everything I've read online says it's closer to 40-50 mph.

from the new york times...
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Ice cross downhill combines elements of downhill skiing and motocross, and it is performed by four skaters at a time who race in full hockey gear down a steep, twisting, mogul-studded course at speeds reaching 45 miles an hour.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/sp...ship.html?_r=0
and two articles from Red Bull

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This year's Red Bull Crashed Ice, a four-man race on a winding ice track, will hit five locations worldwide starting with Niagara Falls, Canada. Skaters can reach speeds of more than 40 mph.
http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satelli...21243290919112
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They have trained on frozen lakes, getting used to high speeds by being pulled at 50 mph behind four wheel drive trucks...

Confidence is indeed a key ingredient for success for any ice cross downhill athlete -- they must barrel down curve- and obstacle-filled ice tracks lined by tens of thousands of spectators in freezing cold temperatures at speeds of up to 50 mph, all while trying to find the best lines on the track and keeping three other racers at bay.

http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satelli...21243309310209
and don't forget there's a new race in Quebec City tomorrow at 7:30PM
http://live.redbull.tv/events/152/re...e-quebec-city/

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and thanks to NBC, Red Bull was unable to stream the race in the States.

NBC ruins everything.

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Those guys are some great skaters. I'd love to just glide to the bottom, although some of those courses are so steep that I'm not sure that's possible lol. One of the races I watched(in the Netherlands I believe) was unbelievably steep. The race was over in like 20 seconds.

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