Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice comes to Saint Paul

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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.

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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!

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