Last night at the final stop of the 2010 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in downtown Quebec, local skater Kyle Croxall won the event, but German skater Martin Niefnecker was crowned World Champion.
The 1,818-foot-long ice canal with a 40° gradient packed full of jumps and banked corners was a huge challenge for each athlete, with plenty of thrills and spills on the most feared corner and crashes between racers. Over 120,000 fans came to Quebec City to watch the incredible events unfold.
After having sensationally secured victory in the first leg in Munich, German rookie skater Niefnecker managed to keep his nerve to finish second in Quebec and win the first-ever official Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship. He left both seven-time Red Bull Crashed Ice winner Jasper Felder (SWE) and the armada of Canadian Ice Cross Downhill athletes in his wake.
“The atmosphere was just incredible – I couldn’t even think straight! Tactics alone weren’t going to be enough for a good result here. Bumps and bruises are part and parcel of the action,” commented a delighted Niefnecker after securing the title.
Red Bull Crashed Ice legend Felder did pretty well up to the quarterfinals, but fell badly and broke a rib after a spectacular crash in the semis.
Felder was full of praise for Niefnecker, with this comment about the new champion: “Fast, consistent, no mistakes – a worthy champion.”
Red Bull Crashed Ice, Quebec – final standings
1. Kyle Croxall (CAN)
2. Martin Niefnecker (GER)
3. Scott Croxall (CAN)
4. Louis Philipp (CAN)
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship – overall result
1. Martin Niefnecker (GER), 1,800 points
2. Kyle Croxall (CAN), 1,000
3. Gabriel Andrea (CAN), 600
4. Kim Müller (SUI), 730
Results after event in Canada / Men