Almost 200 athletes took to the ice at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center last week to battle it out for a spot in the first Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2012 event which comes to Minnesota, USA, on January 12-14.
Competitors' backgrounds ranged from hockey to downhill skiing and from rollerblading to skateboarding, but they all had one goal in common – make it to the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship event in Saint Paul!
The course challenged the athletes' speed and agility with a series of jumps, slides and hairpin turns. The fastest 31 competitors from the day advanced to the main event in a month's time.
The first-placed finisher was Ben Gotting who originally hails from Alabama but who moved to the Midwest to pursue his passion for hockey and now lives in a suburb of the Twin Cities. Today was Gotting’s first day on skates in almost two years after a series of injuries and rehabilitation following his collegiate hockey career.
Now his eyes are on next month's World Championship opener: "I’m going to try and do some downhill skiing in the next month and will be looking to get back on the ice any way I can."
If you think you've got what it takes to compete and have not yet signed up – what are you waiting for? Click here to view the full list of qualifiers and then pick the one closest to you!