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Red Bull Crashed Ice

March 10, 2014 09:25 ET

Canada Prepares to Host 2014 International Ice Cross Downhill Season Finale

Hundreds of Canadian and International Athletes Head to Quebec City to Fight for Ice Cold Red Bull Crashed Ice Victory March 20-22, 2014

QUEBEC CITY, QC--(Marketwired - March 10, 2014) - The fourth and final stop of the world-renowned Ice Cross Downhill Championship Tour will crash into Canada in less than two weeks. Following three international icy stops this winter, in Helsinki, St. Paul and Moscow, all eyes will be on Quebec City as it hosts its ninth consecutive season finale.

On March 20-22, 2014, the top ice cross downhill athletes from across Canada and around the world will get ready to hurtle down an enormous urban ice track riddled with massive drops, gaps, steps, hairpin turns, and big-air jumps in front of hundreds of thousands of roaring fans. Canadian favourites, Kyle Croxall (Calgary, AB) and Scott Croxall (Mississauga, ON) have had a challenging 2014 season to date and will face an uphill battle to reclaim the podium again this year.

This Year: New Ice Track, New Icy Location
Quebec City's Ice Cross Downhill race is arguably the most iconic stop of the Red Bull Crashed Ice circuit, and this year's course will feature a completely new re-designed urban ice track built in a location that it hasn't landed on since 2006. Stretching 480 metres from top to bottom and averaging 15 feet wide, it is the longest track of the series and will showcase skaters' strength, speed, and technique like never before. 

"The design of this year's ice course will offer better views for spectators than years past. The track design caters really well to speed skaters with perfect flow with a couple of tricky features playing to the technical skills of the most advanced athletes," said Christian Papillon, Red Bull Crashed Ice Sport Director. The course will start at the Tourny Fountain in front of the Parliament building, stretching through the fortifications of the city and ending at Place D'Youville, offering sights of the Capitole, Saint-Jean Gate and the Palais Montcalm.

The 2014 Course, Feature-By-Feature
Navigating this year's new track will require some serious strategy.

As soon as the whistle blows, competitors will storm across the start line at the Tourny Fountain. They'll fight to keep their speed as they charge over the "Parliament Floater" and approach the striking five-meter climb of the "Stone Wall Step Up". Racing down the "Stone Wall Kicker" and over the roller-coaster-like "Vidéotron Mobile Pump Jump" and "Battle Bumps", they'll have a chance to regain their speed as they swerve around the "Great Wall". Next up is the "Porte Kent Rodeo", which features a dizzying 90-degree turn that promises to give athletes a fight for their balance. Skaters need true technical tenacity to overcome the final feature of the course, the "Montcalm Gap", which will force skaters to hurdle themselves across a full three metre ice gap. It's then a fight to the finish line as those still on their skates power through the last leg of the race to pass the finish line at Place D'Youville.

Thousands Of Canadians Vie To Compete In 2014
This year, more than 4,500 Canadians registered for the chance to compete at one of 12 Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier events across Canada. During the month of February, a 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. The top 100 men and 24 women from all Qualifiers across the country earned spots in the season finale in Quebec City.

Canadian Female Athletes Out In Full Force
Quebec City's World Championship stop will again feature the only women's race on the international Red Bull Crashed Ice circuit. The 2014 season saw a surge of hundreds of amateur female Canadian athletes registering to compete in the Qualifiers. In the end, only 24 lucky women have earned the coveted chance to fight for icy glory, and with a new crop of Canadian female contenders competing this season, the podium will welcome a brand new champion. 

Returning in 2014: The Team Challenge
The Red Bull Crashed Ice Team Challenge will hit Quebec City once again on March 21, 2014. Taking place after the Elimination round, this is a separate race from the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship hosted at each international stop, with the top 16 teams advancing to the Team Challenge finals in Quebec City. Each team is comprised of three competitors. Canadian hero and member of team 'Living The Dream', Kyle Croxall, understands the added value of the Team Challenge, saying, "the more time you get on the track, the better you're going to get at it and the more consistent you'll be".

Only In Canada: The Rookie Track
For the first time, Vidéotron Mobile and Kijiji invite rookie daredevils to try the Red Bull Crashed Ice 'Rookie Track' built beside Grande-Allée's street in the Parc George V. The course is open to the public from Thursday, March 20 (at 4:00pm EDT) until Sunday, March 23 (at 3:00pm EDT), and measures 95 meters long. Chock-full of sharp corners and obstacles, it offers the public an opportunity to taste the Red Bull Crashed Ice action themselves. Access is first come-first served, no registration necessary. Participants must bring full-certified hockey equipment and be at least 16 years old to participate.

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. This 2014 season features four world championship races, in Helsinki, St. Paul, Moscow and Quebec City. World Championship points are up for grabs at each of the four 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 four races is crowned the 2014 Ice Cross Downhill World Champion.

Since the circuit's kick-off in 2001, Red Bull Crashed Ice has touched down in over 30 countries around the world and the sport's popularity continues to explode. The competition reached new heights last year, drawing over 300,000 spectators internationally over the course of five World Championship races. This season promises to deliver more bone-chilling action than ever, as daredevil athletes push themselves even further in pursuit of icy victory.

Watch The Series Live Around the World
Canadians can catch all of the Red Bull Crashed Ice action LIVE on March 22, 2014 on Rogers Sportsnet at 8:30pm EDT and on TVA at 8:20pm EDT. Fans around the world can also tune into the event's live streaming on redbullcrashedice.com, redbull.tv, and the Red Bull TV app via Apple TV. All four 2014 events are also broadcasted in 9 nations around the world.

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