Another year. Another incredible track. Another amazing Red Bull Crashed Ice Finale in beautiful Quebec City.
As our K-Team athlete Ross Thompson told us in his interview, the race becomes increasingly competitive every year, making the title of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion even harder to achieve. The grand finale of the 2013 Crashed Ice season finished last Saturday with a victory for Arttu Pihlainen and a championship for Derek Wedge, a fan favorite.
We joined Red Bull Crashed Ice for the 2nd year in a roll, and we have to say, this year was even better than the last! Some of our favourite things this year were:
The Kijiji Kabin
We built a heated Kijiji Kabin overnight situated directly in front of the track’s starting line and it was the hottest spot to watch the race! An awesome photo booth was set up, and more than 600 people came by for a picture or two. Over 400 free hot beverages were served through our Kijiji Kafé and we even had the Red Bull Crashed Ice Xbox Kinect set up for the people looking to try the icy track without having to tie on their skates.
Athletes of the K-Team were in unanimous agreement… Quebec City never fails to host the best Crashed Ice Race every year. The reason they gave is simple: the crowd on home soil. According to them, the crowd in Quebec is louder and more welcoming and of course, this energy has a huge impact on their performances.
The Killer Outfits
As with any winter event in Quebec, fighting against the cold means lots of layers and bundling up! Here, people love pulling out their colorful neon snow pants and their larger than life beaver hats for special occasions such as Red Bull Crashed Ice. This year, MC Gilles joined the Kijiji to help us find the people with the most spectacular outfits, and here is what he discovered.
While they were Disappointed not to have made it to the very top, the performance of our K-Team athletes were far from mediocre. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin of the K-Team placed in the top 16 when he was bumped out in the quarter final and Hubert Harvey was unfortunately eliminated in the first round of the finals. For a quick recap of the race and to listen to what our athletes had to say, click here.