Combine some of the best and toughest ice-hockey players in the world, a sizzling atmosphere, stunning surroundings, tons of steel, a huge cooling system and thousands of square feet of frozen water, and what is the result? Red Bull Crashed Ice! Since the first-ever race back in 2001, Red Bull Crashed Ice has developed to become one of the most breathtaking winter sports events in the world.
Ice-hockey aces hurtle down courses up to 1,500 feet in length in groups of four, shoulder to shoulder, as they fight it out for victory. The whole race is held on a steep downhill track dotted with chicanes, jumps and rollers. Pushing, sliding, sprinting and wrangling are all on the menu as the athletes race down the course, and the rules are, in fact, very simple: first to the bottom wins.
With only the top two racers going through to the next round, competition is fierce. The event is held in a classic knockout format, and the field of 64 skaters starting the main event is whittled down to just four athletes competing for the title in the Final.
The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship makes its long-awaited US debut in the opening race of the 2012 edition. Saint Paul, Minnesota, will host the first round of competition on January 12-14 as the world's best downhillers break the ice in North America.
Thursday, January 12 - Saturday, January 14
Saint Paul, Minnesota
|Thursday||1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.||Shoot-out Run (two timed runs, best one counts)|
|Friday||12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.||Shoot-out Run (two timed runs, best one counts)|
|Friday||7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.||Elimination Round (128 competitors down to 64)|
|Saturday||7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.||Finals|