Red Bull Crashed Ice from Munich, Germany

Hey Guys! Just finished watching the Red Bull Crashed Ice event that took place in Munich, Germany, today. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: This event is absolutely exciting!

Last year, there were only the two events in Munich and Quebec City. This year, there are four events. Valkenburg, Netherlands and Moscow, Russia have been added to the schedule. But today was the first event of the year in Munich. The event was held at Munich’s Olympic Park. The same area where the 1972 Summer Olympics took place, as well as the former home of German Bundesliga’s Bayern Munchen.

When it was all said and done, the final featured Arttu Pihlainen of Finland, Lukas Kolc of Czech Republic and the Croxall brothers, Scott and Kyle, from Canada. One snag took place in the final though: Scott Croxall broke the gate early and was disqualified as a result. This meant the final would feature three skaters instead of the usual four. Even with three skaters, it was still very exhilarating to watch.

As the skaters were about to head into what I call “The Punching Bag Turn,” it looked as if Pihlainen had this race in the bag. But like anything, always expect the unexpected. Pihlainen’s left toe dug into the ice and Kyle Croxall took the lead and never looked back. Even with his brother disqualified, that never stopped Kyle from winning!

Kyle Croxall would follow up his win from Quebec City last year by winning in Munich to start this year. Arttu Pihlainen would finish second, while Lukas Kolc took third.

The next race will be in Valkenburg on February 5, followed by Moscow on February 26 and the finale in Quebec City on March 19. You just know Scott Croxall will want to make up for the DQ in the Netherlands in three weeks time. But tonight, you know he will still be celebrating his brother Kyle’s victory at the Red Bull After Party.

Be sure to also check out Red Bull Crashed Ice’s home page, as well as their Facebook page! It’s already starting to look like another amazing year on the Red Bull Crashed Ice circuit…and with four races, it should make it even more exciting.

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