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So, Downhill Ice Skating Is A Thing (And It Kinda RULES)

Pardon my Southern California ignorance, but until today, I had NO idea downhill ice skating, or Ice Cross Downhill (ICD), existed.

Now, I’m its biggest fan.

In its SIXTH year, the only race of its kind in the U.S. takes place in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Called the Red Bull Crashed Ice, four maniacs on skates drop 12 stories onto a 1,600-foot-long mogul-filled ice track in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Propelling skaters up to 50 miles per hour, the course starts at the front steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul with a 35-foot ice drop. OMG.

With thousands of entries, the Saint Paul race (held February 12) was the last event before the championships next month in Ottawa, Canada.

U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A. !!!

Scott Croxall of Canada, Derek Wedge of Switzerland, Kyle Croxall of Canada and Mirko Lahti of Finland compete during the finals at the third stage of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship at the Red Bull Crashed Ice in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States on February 4, 2017.

 

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