Scaffolding surrounds the St. Paul Cathedral as the track takes shape for the Ice Cross Downhill race. World class skaters from around the world are coming to the capital city for the world championship series. The 651 Facebook page has a photo series of the construction.
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An extreme sport sometimes described as "downhill ice cross" is coming to the St. Paul Cathedral in January. Athletes competing in "Crashed Ice" skate down a specially designed ramp of ice at high-speed while navigating jumps and banked turns.
Red Bull's Crashed Ice underway in St. Paul
A couple hundred athletes from around the world are competing in the three-day event, including 75 Minnesotans. According to MPR, the 400-meter track starts by the Cathedral of Saint Paul and ends near the Kellogg Boulevard onramp to I-35E. It includes jumps, sharp turns and steep slopes. Skaters can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.
Crashed Ice competition attracts thousands to St. Paul
Thousands of spectators were in St. Paul for the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship this weekend. Skaters from around the world were in Minnesota and 64 finalists, including 19 from the U.S., were featured Saturday night. NBC will broadcast the Crashed Ice competition Saturday, January 21.
Crashed Ice event returning to St. Paul this winter
City officials say Red Bull's Crashed Ice event is coming back for another round of reckless skating down St. Paul's Cathedral Hill. Last year the Minnesota debut of the extreme sport drew nearly 100,000 onlookers. The sport was born in Scandinavia when some daredevils tried skating down a bobsled run.
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