Ice Cross Downhill World Championship bigger than ever
The Red Bull Crashed Ice will be bigger than ever in 2012/13 with five stops and the first-ever Ice Cross Downhill World Champion from Canada looking to defend his title. Last season champion Kyle Croxall can look forward to two stops at home with the season-opener in Niagara Falls on the U.S. border and the season finale set for Quebec City.
NIAGARA (Canada). Ice Cross Downhill soared to new heights in the 2012 season with ten thousands of spectators at each location and the competition will grow intense in the 2012/13 season that has been expanded to five stops: December 1 at Niagara Falls (Canada), January 26 in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA), February 9 on Landgraaf (Netherlands), March 2 in Lausanne (Switzerland) and March 16 in Quebec (Canada).
Last year was a banner year for Canada in the 11th year of Ice Cross Downhill, with Kyle Croxall becoming the first Canadian to win the overall world championship title of the sport that has captivated the heart and soul of Canadians. The sport’s popularity also surged in the United States, the Netherlands and Sweden thanks to heightened media and television coverage in those countries.
The growing popularity of the sport in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium will get a further boost this year with the third stop of the 2012/13 season in Europe’s largest indoor winter sports resort: SnowWorld, Landgraaf (NED). It will also straddle the border, near the point where Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium converge. The 330-meter-long indoor ice track will be open for the public and athletes from the end of 2012.
Canadians dominated in 2012, taking three of the top four places. There were three Swiss racers in the top 10 and two Finns as well as a German and Russian as the sport became more competitive and balanced than ever before. There were a number of new stars on the scene in 2012, including Adam Horst of Canada (fourth overall) behind Scott Croxall (third).