There was no shortage of crowds in Quebec City this weekend, as not only St. Patrick's Day was celebrated but so, too, was the annual RedBull Crashed Ice event, where Canada’s Kyle Croxall won the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship amidst more than 100,000 spectators on Saturday night.
In what is being called "the most dramatic Ice Cross Downhill World Championship in Red Bull Crashed Ice history," championship leader Kyle Croxall needed to finish at least second to win the title but the Canadian firefighter was well behind his brother Scott in third place with time running out as Finland’s Arttu Pihlainen took a noticeable lead. However Scott Croxall unexpectedly took a spill and crashed into a wall after a tricky jump, allowing Kyle to leapfrog into second and giving Canada its first world championship in the sport’s history.
“It feels amazing,” said Croxall, who won the first two races of 2012 in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA) and Valkenburg (NED) before stumbling in Are (SWE) with 13th place. He admitted he was quite satisified to see his brother crash in front of him. “I thought that was really good.” However, the brothers have denied that there was any sort of “team orders" planned out ahead of time, an article on the RedBull Crashed Ice official website reported.
Canadians won all 3 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship races this year and four different Canadians have won nine of 23 races since Red Bull Crashed Ice was launched. To see highlights and read more about the Crashed Ice event in Quebec City this past weekend, visit their website here.
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