Red Bull Crashed Ice event to return to St. Paul

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St. Paul will again be host to the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships in late January, the Pioneer Press said.
New details were announced Wednesday regarding the changes from last year's Crashed Ice event, which will include a more challenging course, WCCO said.
The event, which is scheduled for Jan. 24-26, will feature over 200 competitors, WCCO and the Pioneer Press said.
Last year, the event drew in 100,000 spectators, $20 million and national television coverage, WCCO said.
Like last year, the event will start near the cathedral in downtown St. Paul. Competitors start at a ramp 48 feet high, which is 12 feet higher than last year's ramp, WCCO said. The course will lead them down 1,300-foot ice-covered course, in which racers could reach speeds of 40 miles an hour, the Pioneer Press said.
"We wanted to make it more fun for the athletes," Team USA Coach Charlie Wasley said of the taller ramp, as reported in the Pioneer Press.
Athletes come from a variety of backgrounds including hockey, downhill skiing, and speed skating, the Pioneer Press said.
Brian Schack, of Lino Lakes, is a former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey player competing in the event, WCCO said.
"It's fun. I know, we're crazy," Shack said. "You got be athletic, but you also gotta have that little edge of 'I can do this.'"
Red Bull, the sponsor of the event, will be providing shuttles and parking for the event, the Pioneer Press said. The energy drink company also funds extra police coverage of the event, costing St. Paul virtually nothing, the Pioneer Press said.
Mayor Chris Coleman said last year's event of Crashed Ice "was too good not to do again," the Pioneer Press said.

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