Red Bull Crashed Ice 2015

It’s back and bigger than ever! The Red Bull Crashed Ice season kickoff in St. Paul. Check out the gallery for a bunch of pics of the action and the venue!

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St. Paul lit up for Crashed Ice.

I don’t think I’ve seen this many spotlights in St. Paul or Minneapolis for any event. The MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis last year was the only thing comparable in recent memory.

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The Cathedral of Saint Paul lit for Crashed Ice.

The venue is the Cathedral of Saint Paul. An amazing cathedral both inside and out. JFK once visited the Cathedral and it sits on a hill above St. Paul.

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Crashed Ice Starting Gate

The action starts right in front of the stained glass Rose Window into the first step down. I call it a jump myself.

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The First Drop

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Crashed Ice living up to it’s name!

The action is fast and furious and it only slows down when there’s a crash. Even after a crash like this the skaters are back on their feet and racing again.

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The look of determination.

The participants really gave it their all. Fun to watch and this year’s spectacle grew even larger. The event in mild for January temperatures drew an estimated 140,000 people into an area smaller than most professional team stadiums.

Can’t wait for 2016! Check out more from 2015 in the gallery.

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