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Ice Cross Downhill Universe: The Wildest Sports on Ice

Imagine that you are flying along a winding ice track at a speed of 70 km / h ... And you are not a life-worn drifter driving a used car, but just an athlete on skates and wearing a helmet.

Discipline Ice Cross Downhil from year to year is becoming more accessible and spectacular, and once just downhill lovers are already firmly on their feet (sorry, skates) and are ready to compete with professionals. We tried to figure out where to start your way in this atypical and incredibly extreme sport, how to build your training process and come to a well-deserved championship.

As the basis of the material, we took the comments of an expert, President of the Downhill Ice Skating Federation Pavel Kryukov , and the personal experience of the Red Bull Crashed Ice participant Katya Voronova.

Ice Cross Downhill Universe: The Wildest Sports on Ice

Pavel Kryukov


- How fast is Ice Cross Downhil culture developing? How did this sport appear?

Pavel: Ice Cross Downhill is a downhill skating on an ice chute with turns and jumps. The length of the first track was about 300 m; at present, the length of the track often exceeds 500 m. The average speed of athletes is 40 km / h, the maximum on some tracks reaches 70 km / h. Athletes' outfit is very similar to hockey.

The competition formula is similar to the formula in boardercross and skicross. First, a qualification is held, the best in time from which get to the next stage. Next, the knockout races take place: out of the four participants in the race, the two best go to the next stage. In addition to the final, there is usually a small final for 5th-8th places.

Historical background: Ice Cross Downhill was invented in 1999 by Austrians Sigurd Meiche and Stefan Aufschnaiter. The first Red Bull Crashed Ice competition was held on January 20, 2000 in Stockholm, and since 2007 they have been held twice a year - in Quebec and one of the cities of Europe. In 2010, the official world championship was played for the first time.
For 9 years since the 1st World Championship, many federations and associations have been formed in different countries, including ours. And now this sport is on the verge of the Olympic Games.

- What competitions exist in the world besides Red Bull Crashed Ice?

Pavel: The World Championship consists of several competitions ranging from ATSX1000 (crashed ice) to ATSX250.

  • ATSX 1000 (Red bull Crashed ice) is the highest ranked stage.
  • ATSX 500 is the next ranked stage. For a victory, 500 points are awarded.
  • ATSX 250 is a stage that allows an event to be held without boards, mainly at ski resorts. For a victory - 250 points.
  • ATSX 100 - or national championship. Points do not count towards the World Championship, are included only inpersonal classification of an athlete in the world ranking.

- How many points do you need to score to become a champion?

Pavel: Ideally, go through two stages of ATSX 1000 (out of 3 -x) + 2 stages of ATSX 500 (out of 3) + 1 stage of ATSX 250 (out of 3) = championship in maximum points. Naturally, the athlete's best races count.

Ice Cross Downhill Universe: The Wildest Sports on Ice


- How is the preparation for the competition going? Is it mainly a gym and physical training, or sometimes ice is also connected?

Pavel: Preparation in our sport is unique and does not stop at one discipline. It includes a lot.

  • Naturally skating. For figure skaters, hockey players, short track players, etc. it is different. But each of them must stand perfectly on skates. A great effort is being made to do this.
  • Gym, work on leg strength.
  • Work for explosive strength and speed endurance.
  • Trampolines - coordination.
  • Balancing work.
  • Skate Park - Technical Training.

Katya: We train a lot in the gym, not on the ice. We work not only on physical qualities, but also on psychological barriers. For me, the worst thing is, in fact, to start. It is important not to be late, but also not to make a false start. Even the finish is not so scary, I can easily pick up speed and slow down when needed. It is also important to work with the coach.

- Is there an opportunity in Moscow to train on ice or on a site close to the realities of the competition?

- At the moment we are working on an all-season training complex, and soon all riders, including foreigners, will have the opportunity to train in one place all year round.

- How many girls are there in the discipline? There are a lot less of them than guys, or not? How do they come to this sport?

Pavel: Until recently, there were not many. In recent years, girls have practically caught up with men in number. The stages are going to 60 girls.

Ice Cross Downhill Universe: The Wildest Sports on Ice

Katya Voronova

Photo: Valeria Barinova, Championship

Katya: How did I come to this sport? Initially, I was engaged in figure skating, but then I got a knee injury and could not continue training. There was a very long recovery period and I had to leave. But after a while, I began to realize more and more that I could not live without sports and adrenaline. Just then I accidentally saw the Crashed Ice competition on TV and decided that I wanted to do just that. I tried it, but the first time I didn't even really like it in practice, but I continued training anyway. After the first start I got involved and now I can't even imagine myself without it.

- Where should a person start who decided to try himself in this discipline?

Pavel: Prepare, registerand get involved. The best place to start would be the ATSX 100 or 250. Competition at this rank is lower so you can get a better feel for the sport. Of course, you can come straight to the ATSX 500, but you need to be prepared that you will have to fight with the most famous athletes.

Ice Cross Downhill Universe: The Wildest Sports on Ice

Katya Voronova

Photo: Valeria Barinova, Championship

Katya: The first start was unexpected for me, two days before I saw an advertisement for him in the federation. That is, the preparation was completely zero. Before the second starts, I had several trainings, but I think that I could have been better prepared. In the classroom, it is important to train endurance and speed - without this nothing will work.

- Is this taught somewhere or is it necessary to do it on your own?

Pavel : You can also prepare yourself. It is possible and under the supervision of professionals. We are currently providing individual training for our athletes and training small groups of beginners (up to 6 people). But with the opening of the all-season base, we will already be recruiting into groups.

- How do you assess the prospect of including this discipline in the program of the Olympic Games?

Pavel : We are on the verge of being included in the Olympiad. We would have been in 22, if not for some nuances. But things may still change, and maybe we'll see them in 2022 as demonstrations.

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