Last Saturday, Tampa hosted the 2nd Annual Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar, Fl. If you don't know what that is, well, it's kind of a big deal.
Red Bull Crashed Ice is a competition with some of the toughest athletes in the world who are challenged to compete in intense drills and obstacles that are a combination of ice hockey, downhill skating and boardercross. The competition is held in only eight cities in the entire US, with Tampa being one of them.
Sixteen thrill-seeking athletes, from all over the states, competed against one another for the two open spots in the Red Bull Crashed Ice US World Championship in Minnesota Feb 20-22, 2014.
The competition was filled with anticipation and excitement, and the excitement hit a sky high point when the finalists were revealed. A big congratulations goes to Jack Schram and Harrison Rigsby for making it to the finals!
Jack Schram, 26, from Austin, TX, was more than ready to win his spot in the finals. The athlete arrived a few days early for some extra practice and preparation. Schram teamed up with former Olympic Speed Skater, Pat Kelly, to do some training in Lake Placid.
It's no wonder Schram arrived early, he knew exactly what he was in for. He was up against former qualifier winner, Harrison Rigsby. Rigsby, 22, from Altamonte Springs, Fl, claimed that he had a blast at last year's Championship, and he craved to advance in the competition again this year.
The Red Bull Crashed Ice US World Championship will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota on Feb 20-22, 2014. We know you're intrigued by all of this, so if you'd like more info, just visit redbullcrashedice.com.