Crashed Ice gains traction during crazy weather weekend

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The ice cross show goes on downtown St. Paul Saturday, with thousands of onlookers expected to make their way to the Cathedral despite awful road conditions.

The Pioneer Press reports the Red Bull Crashed Ice finals will pit the U.S. team against competitors from around the world in a new extreme sport, born 13 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden. The three-day tournament, which started in Thursday's snow storm, will crown a single victor Saturday night.

The St. Paul event is one of four where finals are held to determine the ultimate world champion. One has already been held in Helsinki. Two more are scheduled in March for Quebec City and Moscow.

This is the first year the race has included women skaters. Sadie Lundquist of Cloquet was among four of seven who advanced to Saturday's finals. She says the course is not as terrifying as it looks.

"It's amazing just being on skates and letting your athleticism take over," said Lundquist. She said she expects more women to take part next year.

"We're super tight," said Cam Naasz of the eight-member American team. He is an extreme sports veteran who had to find innovative ways to train, including with inline skates at an indoor bike park in Milwaukee.

Now he and a teammate plan to build a 1,150-foot outdoor track in Duluth, complete with Red Bull-style jumps, drops and obstacles.

According to the Crashed Ice Facebook page, sponsors want to make it an event for the next Winter Olympics.

A City of St. Paul website page has a schedule of races, and options for parking and viewing.

The event will be available nationally on Fox Sports 1 Monday, February 24, at 8:30p.m. CST.

Fox Sports posted a video explaining how the competition works.

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