History in the Making

About Red Bull Crashed Ice

Take some of the best and toughest skaters in the world, a sizzling atmosphere, stunning surroundings, tonnes of steel, a huge cooling system and thousands of square metres of frozen water. The result? Red Bull Crashed Ice! Since the first-ever race back in 2001, Red Bull Crashed Ice has developed into one of the world's most breathtaking winter sports events. Riders hurtle down courses up to 600 metres 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 and sprinting are all on the agenda as the athletes race down the course, but the rules are very simple: first to the bottom wins.

In Red Bull Crashed Ice, skaters descend a steep ice canal filled with bumps, jumps, rollers and obstacles four-at-a-time, jostling for position as they reach speeds of up to 70kph. With only the top two riders going through to the next round, competition is fierce. The event is held in a classic knockout format, and the field of 64 riders starting the main event is whittled down to just four athletes competing in the final.

How do you prepare for such a unique race? First and foremost it is essential to know what you are doing on the ice. However that doesn't mean that all of the athletes competing in Red Bull Crashed Ice ply their trade in ice-hockey leagues – for example, the sport's most famous name, Jasper Felder, is a professional bandy player, a game popular in his native Sweden and similar to ice hockey with a round ball and many rules adopted from football. 

The sport most similar to ice cross downhill is probably ski cross. In this discipline, skiers descend a snow course featuring jumps, rollers and banked corners four-at-a-time, with the fastest two athletes progressing to the next round. While physical contact is (as with ice cross downhill) not officially permitted, the high speeds and twisty courses make for spectacular action and plenty of crashes.

In Stockholm, Sweden, in 2001 a new sport was born, 'a sport of the century' as a renowned English newspaper described the breathtaking new competition. Athletes from around the world flocked to the Swedish capital for the inaugural race – wearing hockey skates in a man on man battle down a long ice track filled with steps, jumps and razor-sharp hairpin turns. The sport was called ice cross downhill and the race called Red Bull Crashed Ice.

The first race in Stockholm was a pilot project from both a sporting and technical perspective. Athletes from all over accepted the unknown and tested their skills to become a master in a brand new sport. The first Red Bull Crashed Ice track was set up through Stockholm’s fish market! After a brief boycott at the start and spectacular crashes in the test runs, the competitors gradually adapted to their unusual field of play. Since then there have been 29 races in over 10 countries. Hundreds of thousands of spectators have watched the races on the ever-more advanced tracks – on ski slopes in the mountains and through urban valleys in city centers.

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Red Bull Crashed Ice is a combination of hockey, boardercross, and downhill skiing. A 500m urban ice track (60m vertical) riddled with massive drops, hairpin turns, big-air jumps, step-ups, drop-offs and gaps, where athletes can reach speeds of more than 60km/hr. Known to many as the fastest sport on skates, but dictated by one goal: first to the bottom wins. It’s challenging, fast, cold, hard, unique and action packed.

The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship is the official Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Ice cross downhill involves athletes wearing ice skates and full ice-hockey protection racing down an ice canal packed with banked corners, jumps and obstacles four at a time, shoulder-to-shoulder. At the main event, the first two skaters to the bottom progress to the next round; in the finale the first across the line wins.

Who's Got Skill?

Year Location Athlete
2014 Quebec City, CAN TBA
2014 Moscow, GER TBA
2014 Saint Paul, USA TBA
2014 Helsinki, FIN Marco Dallago (AUT)
2013 Quebec City, CAN Arttu Pihlainen (FIN)
2013 Lausanne, SUI Cameron Naasz, (USA)
2013 Landgraaf, NED Derek Wedge (SUI)
2013 Saint Paul, USA Kyle Croxall (CAN)
2012 Niagara Falls, CAN Kyle Croxall (CAN)
2012 Quebec City, CAN Arttu Pihlainen (FIN)
2012 Are, SWE Adam Horst (CAN)
2012 Valkenburg, NED Kyle Croxall (CAN)
2012 Saint Paul, USA Kyle Croxall (CAN)
2011 Quebec City, CAN Arttu Pihlainen (FIN)
2011 Moscow, RUS Arttu Pihlainen (FIN)
2011 Valkenburg, NED Arttu Pihlainen (FIN)
2011 Munich, GER Kyle Croxall (CAN)
2010 Quebec City, CAN Kyle Croxall (CAN)
2010 Munich, GER Martin Niefnecker (GER)
2009 Lausanne, SUI Jasper Felder (SWE)
2009 Prague, CZE Miikka Jouhkamainen (FIN)
2009 Quebec City, CAN Arttu Pihlainen (FIN)
2008 Quebec City, CAN Arttu Pihlainen (FIN)
2008 Davos, SUI Miikka Jouhkamainen (FIN)
2007 Quebec City, CAN Kevin Olson (CAN)
2007 Helsinki, FIN Kevin Olson (CAN)
2006 Quebec City, CAN Gabriel Andre (CAN)
2005 Prague, CZE Jasper Felder (SWE)
2004 Moscow, RUS Jasper Felder (SWE)
2004 Duluth, Minnesota, USA Jasper Felder (SWE)
2003 Duluth, Minnesota, USA Jasper Felder (SWE)
2001 Klagenfurt, AUT Jasper Felder (SWE)
2001 Stockholm, SWE Jasper Felder (SWE)
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