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ST. PAUL, Minn. - This year organizers promise more speed, spills and action, which begs the question who does this sort of thing?

A student, a fitness trainer and a hockey gut turned corporate are three of the more than 60 others who recently qualified for this weekend's Crashed Ice events.

"It's really up to you to go down as fast as you can," said U of M student Tanner Bowell. "Hopefully I don't fall too much."

He may be a student, but of the three, he's the only one with Crashed Ice experience. Bowell skated the course last year, but missed qualifying for the later rounds of the competition.

"I remember last year getting up to the starting gate you know, your legs are shaking 'cause you can hardly see down it," smiled Bowell.

That look down, should be something else for John Griffith.

"As far as heights, no one knows this but I have a very extreme fear of heights," smiled the fitness trainer. "So if I get up there all I have to hear is go and I'm going."

Griffith has been training for months. A poster board when you walk into Xperience Fitness in Woodbury asks, "Is he crazy??"

"Mom said just make sure your health insurance is good to go," he said. "Mom, it's good to go."

"My mom, my grandma, basically all the women in my life think it's terrifying, but are the guys in my family are pretty enthused about it," smiled Sever Lundquist who grew up in Cloquet.

Lundquist played hockey all of his life and watched Crashed Ice for the first time 10 years ago in Duluth, too young to compete then, he's ready to crash now.

Skating downhill, going over jumps and racing other people at the same time, it's going to be intense," Lundquist smiled.

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