Crashed Ice is coming back to St. Paul.
Red Bull's extreme winter sport event will be in Minnesota's capital city Jan. 22-24, 2015, they announced Wednesday morning. It's the fourth straight year Crashed Ice will be in St. Paul.
The event usually takes place over a period of days, and features teams of skaters racing down a twisted, quarter-mile track. Physical contact and jostling is not discouraged.
St. Paul is one of four stops for the tour. The others are Helsinki, Finland (where there is a permanent track); Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Edmonton, Canada.
Here's a video from Fox Sports explaining how it works.
In 2014, the three-day event drew 150,000 people to the course near the St. Paul Cathedral. It reportedly brings a huge economic boost to St. Paul – approaching $20 million – as visitors spend at restaurants, hotels, bars and other businesses.
Lakeville native Cameron Naasz nabbed first place in the Moscow event last year. He beat the current overall world champion, Austria’s Marco Dallago, in that race. But Dallago won in St. Paul in 2014, and will be back to defend his title.
Naasz and fellow Minnesota competitor Reed Whiting then set up a permanent Crashed Ice course in the Duluth-Superior area, hoping to take advantage of the sport's quick rise in popularity.