ST. PAUL, Minn. - In what has become a Minnesota Winter tradition, the frozen spectacle known around the globe as Crashed Ice will return to St. Paul for the seventh time January 19 and 20.
The event will kick off the four-event Ice Cross Downhill Challenge, which pits 64 men and 16 women against each other on a course that has become known as the longest and hardest on Red Bull's schedule. Skaters start at the Cathedral of St. Paul, and make their way down a 1,600-foot track that whips competitors up vertical and banked walls, around hairpin turns, and through narrowing gaps at speeds approaching 50 miles per hour.
Each heat will feature four competitors: The first two finishers in each heat advance until just one is standing as champion. Among those chasing a top finish is Burnsville's Cameron Naasz, who will defend his 2017 World Champion title and attempt an unprecedented ‘three-peat’. “I’m definitely just as motivated as in the past two years and certainly don’t think a three-peat is impossible,” said Naasz, the first man in the history of the sport to win back-to-back world championships in 2016 and 2017.
Minnesota native, Amanda Trunzo will also take part, trying to unseat 2016 and 2017 World Champion Jacqueline Legere.
Making the frozen spectacle even more cool is that it's free to general admission spectators. New to this year's event is the option of paid premium seating. Those who are interested in buying those tickets can check out the options on Red Bull's website.