Wedge edges ice cross downhill championship

Posted: March 20, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Skating, Winter
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Catch the best action from the thrilling final in Quebec City, Canada.

Switzerland’s Derek Wedge pulled off a stunning last-minute victory over defending champion Kyle Croxall on the Canadian’s home turf in what was the most exciting Red Bull Crashed Ice championship ever.

Wedge won the 2012/13 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship in a thrilling finish on Saturday in front of 100,000 spectators. Despite having crashed three times, Wedge bounced back and sprinted to third place to snatch the title away from the second-placed Kyle Croxall on points.

Defending champion Scott Croxall takes the lead against Marco Dallago and Jim De Paoli.

Kyle Croxall fights for the crown© Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

The 30-year-old Wedge got off to a slow start out of the gates and then crashed three times but rallied under pressure down the 594-metre track as it descended 60 meters through Quebec City’s old town.

“There was so much action in the final, it was really crazy,” said Wedge, who ended the five-race season with 2,650 points to 2618.6 points for Kyle Croxall. “I remember seeing Kyle on my left and then Scott (Croxall) on my left and then seeing the wall again. I’ve always dreamed of becoming a world champion. Now I’ve done it.”

The freestyle ski instructor came into the final in Quebec City in third place overall – 395 points behind the championship leader Cameron Naasz and 68.6 points behind Kyle Croxall. Naasz was knocked out in the Round of 32 was forced to take third overall.

Derek Wedge, Scott Croxall, Arttu Pihlainen and Kyle Croxall get set for the final run of the Red Bull Crashed Ice final in Quebec, Canada.

Championship face-off© Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

Former champion Arttu Pihlanen won his fifth straight Quebec City race, ending his brilliant ice cross downhill career on a high note after an injury-plagued season.

Visit for the full rundown from Saturday’s finals.


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