January 06, 2010
It’s that time of year again. There is a chill in the air and with winter comes the most exciting sport on skates…Red Bull Crashed Ice is now drafting athletes. Male and female amateur and pro hockey players from across the country can register their names into the online lottery at www.redbullcrashedice.com starting NOW until January 24th at 11:59 pm EST for their chance to participate in one of eleven qualifying events across Canada.
Making the cut
On January 26th 200 men and 20 women (per qualifying city) will be randomly selected to participate in a qualifying event, which will consist of individual speed trials on a flat ice surface in a traditional indoor hockey rink. The top participants from each qualifying event who demonstrates the best skating skill, agility, strategy and strength will earn a spot in the finals in Quebec City.
First Stop: Munich
The capital city of Bavaria is preparing for the first ever Red Bull Crashed Ice on German soil on January 16, 2010. Athletes will be battling head-to-head in Munich’s Olympiapark – built for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Battling for the glory and representing Canada are the country’s top three performers: 2006 champion in Quebec City Gabriel Andre (Edmonton, AB), 2007 champion in Quebec City and Helsinki Kevin Olson (Lethbridge, AB), and local favourite Christian Papillon (Quebec City, QC). Joining them will be Jean-Guy Chouinard (Sherbrooke, QC) and Bruno Richard (Bedec, NB) who qualified in Garmisch, Germany in December 2009.