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Top 32 Canadian Athletes Carve Out Spots in Red Bull Crashed Ice Elimination Round

National Shootout Narrows the Competition Before Saturday's 2014 World Championship Finals in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QC--(Marketwired - March 21, 2014) - The 2014 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship season finale kicked off in Quebec City tonight with the National Shootout, pitting more than 100 Canadian male and 28 female athletes against each other as they fought to earn a spot in the World Finals on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Heavy snow fell all day in Quebec, making the already gruelling 480-m track even more difficult for athletes to navigate tonight. A crop of 45 rookie male athletes took to the ice for the first time, including Brayden Jones from Paris, ON who tackled the track in the fastest time. The women's Qualifying race also took place tonight, narrowing 28 fearless female athletes down to the lucky 16 that will skate in Saturday's finals. Fastest time in the female bracket tonight went to Jacqueline Legere, also from Paris, ON.

Event Format

In the National Shootout, athletes each get two chances to skate the track, top-to-bottom, against the clock. Fastest time counts as the top 32 Canadian athletes advance to tomorrow's Elimination Round. Tomorrow will bring a new onslaught of races, including the International Shootout, Elimination Round and Team Competition. This will further narrow the competition for Saturday's Ice Cross Downhill World Championship final race.

The 2014 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship

The only sport of its kind and arguably the fastest sport on skates, the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship has returned to Quebec City for its ninth consecutive event this week. Over a series of elimination rounds, heats of athletes from across Canada and around the world race down an enormous urban ice track that swerves through the streets of Quebec City, chock-full of new obstacles that includes a first-ever 3-m ice gap.

About Red Bull Crashed Ice

A combination of hockey, boardercross, and downhill skiing, Red Bull Crashed Ice sets a thrilling stage for intrepid male and female athletes from around the globe. This 2014 season featured four world championship races, in Helsinki, Saint Paul, Moscow and Quebec City. World Champions are crowed through the points they rack up at each stop; points are up for grabs at every international stop and the 'Ice Cross Downhill World Champion' is the competitor who has accumulated the most points over the course of the season.

Since the first race in 2000 in Stockholm, Red Bull Crashed Ice has touched down in over 30 countries around the world and the sport's popularity continues to explode. The competition reached new heights in 2013, drawing over 300,000 spectators internationally over the course of five World Championship races last year alone.

Media Schedule:

Friday, March 21 | Elimination Round and Team Competition

 Media Centre open at Hilton Hotel (Villeray)               9:00am - 11:00pm
                                                                            
 International Shoot-Out (timed races, best of 2                            
 runs counts)                                              11:30am - 1:00pm 
                                                                            
 Elimination Round (top 64 athletes reduced to 32)          3:00pm - 4:00pm 
                                                                            
 Team Competition (Qualification and Finals)                7:00pm - 9:30pm 

Saturday, March 22 | FINALS

 Media Centre open at Hilton Hotel (Villeray)              9:00am - 12:30am 
                                                                            
 Track Explanation with Claudio Caluori (meet at                            
 Media Centre)                                               1:00pm - 2:00pm
                                                                            
 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship Finals              7:00pm - 10:00pm 
                                                                            
 Press conference at Media Centre in Hilton Hotel                           
 (Tourny)**                                                10:30pm - 11:00pm
**Immediately following the finals, media are invited to the Media Centre   
for the winners' press conference. Live in-person interviews with top       
international, Canadian and female athletes available.                      

Race Results

Throughout every Red Bull Crashed Ice event, results and standings are updated in real-time to www.redbullcrashedice.com/results.

Red Bull Crashed Ice Newsroom

The Red Bull Crashed Ice Newsroom (redbullcrashedicenewsroom.com) allows media partners to view, retrieve, display, and share hi-res photos, recordings and moving images of every Red Bull Crashed Ice stop, completely free of charge.

For more news and content including media accreditation, please visit the newsroom at www.redbullcrashedicenewsroom.com.

Watch The Series Live

Canadians can catch all of the Red Bull Crashed Ice action LIVE on Rogers Sportsnet and TVA this season on March 22, 2014 starting at 8:30pm EST (Sportsnet) and 8:20pm EST (TVA). Fans can also tune in to the live stream of the event on redbullcrashedice.com, redbull.tv, and the Red Bull TV app via Apple TV. All four 2014 events are also broadcasted (live or taped) in more than 9 countries/nations around the world.

Official Website: www.redbullcrashedice.com

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