Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Have you heard of "Crashed Ice"?

According to Wikipedia, Crashed Ice has been in existence since 2001, although I first learned of it a few nights ago.  I saw a tweet from Fox Sports 1 that got me intrigued, so I flipped on the channel and watched it for a few minutes.

Officially the sport is called "downhill ice cross."  It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite video games, Super Off Road, but instead of trucks driving over a dirt course it's guys skating on ice.

Putting it on TV right after the winter Olympics is definitely a good way to maximize its potential popularity.  But while it looks totally nuts, I didn't stick with it beyond one 30 second race; the novelty wore off pretty quickly.  My guess is it'll have about the same long-term impact as "Slam Ball."

Unless of course downhill ice cross can somehow find it's way into the winter Olympics... If snowboard cross can, why not this?  Maybe it's my ticket to PyeongChang in 2018?  I wonder how difficult it would be to build a Crashed Ice track in the Cayman Islands?

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