X Games-worthy ice skaters are being called to step up for the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship. It's a combination of hockey and downhill skiing where participants race on ice skates really fast down a steep track. Alas, the qualifier Jan. 3 in Oldsmar won't have a crazy downhill ice course. The objective is to find the area's top endurance athletes with intense drills. The registration deadline has passed but they are taking some walk-ons at Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar, 255 Forest Lakes Blvd. Registration starts at 5 p.m.; qualifying begins at 6 on Jan. 3. The best of the best will go on to compete in the U.S. finale event in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 24-26. The public is invited to watch for free, but Red Bull organizers warn that this is more about the participants who will be put through endurance drills and stunts.
Extreme winter ice racing coming to Oldsmar
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