As we write this, a phalanx of construction workers are hammering away in the shadows of the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Minnesota, building one of the gnarliest ice skating courses to set foot on American soil. An oval rink to take the entire family to, this frozen beast is not. This is Red Bull Crashed Ice.
It's not the first time a Crashed Ice circuit was erected in the U.S. In fact, 2014 marks the third year in a row the world series has touched down in Minnesota. And this year the track looks to be just as brutal as ever.
Measuring 430 meters, the temporary structure is constructed of several tons of wood, steel and ice. The ice cross downhill course will feature a 40-meter vertical drop, as well as step-ups, rollers, wallrides and tabletops, with skaters reaching speeds exceeding 40 mph. For the tepid, Red Bull Crashed Ice is not.
Watch skaters live at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on February 22nd. For the non-locals, tune into FOX Sports 1 on February 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET to see one of the fastest sports on ice skates.
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