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Testing the limits at Niagara's Crashed Ice championship

Staff writers
November 30, 2012 — Four contestants, one icy ramp and a pair of skates. The next Crashed Ice competition being held in Niagara Falls has thrill seekers testing the limits.

Competitors skate down a large ice track
Competitors skate down a large ice track

Imagine a sport where competitors battle it out shoulder to shoulder as they plunge down a track made of ice.

It's called the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship and its next stop is in Niagara Falls.

"It's probably the most exciting thing you've ever seen," says Crashed Ice expert Claudio Caluori. "Four guys at a time down a track that's hard to skate down even if you're alone, so four at a time is going to be ridiculous."

Caluori has spent hours testing the track to make sure everything is safe for the competition this weekend.

"So you can call me the crash test dummy," he laughs. "I've spent six hours and I have a couple of bruises on me already. It's tough."

Red Bull developed the concept of the sport in Stockholm, Sweden over 10 years ago. Four skaters begin at the top of the track in a race through several jumps, twists and turns.

"Catching air"- Photo courtesy: Marc DeLisio
"Catching air"- Photo courtesy: Marc DeLisio

The Weather Network caught up with participant Shane Nuttley who is excited for the challenge ahead.

"The course itself is demanding and it has got a few twists and turns, which is great because it allows for a lot more tighter racing," says Nuttley.

And in terms of weather, organizers say Saturday's forecast is looking promising.

Temperatures are forecast to hit 7C, which is ideal for the competitors and the track itself.

"The warmer it is, the faster the ice is because it just makes everything smoother. So it's going to be good," says Caluori.

Are you planning on heading to the Crashed Ice championship this weekend? Be sure to share your photos and videos in our online gallery.

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