Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship Moves On From St. Paul
The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship took place in Saint Paul for seven years straight! Take a look at some highlights from the most recent event in 2018.
As of 2019, the Crashed Ice Championship has moved to a new domestic city. This is in addition to the event's international locations.
For seven winters, Saint Paul hosted the ice cross downhill competition, with huge crowds of more than 100,000 people converging under the gaze of the imposing Cathedral of Saint Paul to witness the high-speed action that features skaters competing in four-man heats in a race to the bottom of a long ice track filled with obstacles.
The sport appeals to what Americans like most in sports – a physically challenging, rough, tough sport coupled with high-speed action and agility. In 2016, local hero Cameron Naasz pushed the boundaries of the sport and claimed the overall championship on his home turf -the first American to ever win the championship! Naasz repeated as champion in 2017.
A statement from St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's office has been released, addressing the annual event's time in the city:
"It was incredible to host Red Bull Crashed Ice in Saint Paul. They were a great partner and though there are not plans for the event to return in 2019, we look forward to the opportunity to work with them again in the future."
A video showcasing some of the highlights from 2018, Crashed Ice's last year in Saint Paul, is available to watch below: