Ahead of the big finale, which concludes the 10-race Ice Cross Downhill World Championship with an epic three-way title battle between Canada's Scott Croxall, Austria's Marco Dallago and Cameron Naasz of the USA, the athletes trained one last time in an indoor inline skating facility in Toronto.
Naasz, Croxall and Austria's Marco Dallago are locked in a battle for the 2017/18 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, with both the men's and women's championship titles for the world's fastest sport on skates still wide open after nine season races in seven countries over the last four months. Ahead of the finale, Scott Croxall was filming an unusual training session on an Instagram Live feed at the Joyride 150 indoor park in Toronto. Croxall took the opportunity to answer questions from the viewers who were commenting on the feed while skating down the wooden half-pipes himself and interviewing his fellow athletes, including his second-placed rival Cameron Naasz. It is unusual for the skaters to train in-between the final Riders Cup event and the finals in Edmonton, and it demonstrates just how close and tight the standings are going into the final this season.
"I'm sitting in first. I'm fired up," said Scott Croxall, who won the 2015 world championship and is determined to win his second title with a victory while Naasz, the 2015/16 and 2016/17 champion, could also take home the title with a victory in Edmonton. This is the third straight season in which the two arch rivals will be going into the final race with chances of winning it all.
"The focus of the training is endurance and jumps" said Scott Croxall, answering a question from the live feed. He was joined by Maxwell Dunne and his brother Kyle Croxall. Kyle, a Red Bull Crashed Ice veteran, has had a bit of a comeback this season after winning the last Riders Cup in La Sarre, Canada.
Anais Morand of Switzerland was also there to train and say hello to the Instagram followers, and executed a neat flip in front of the camera into a pool cushioned with foam.
Cameron Naasz has momentum and history on his side. Not only did the American win the last Red Bull Crashed Ice race in Marseille, as well as taking second place in the last two Riders Cup races, he has also won the season finale in the last three years: 2015 in Edmonton, 2016 in Saint Paul and 2017 in Ottawa, Canada.
"Obviously Cameron and I are buddies on and off the track," said Croxall. "I think we push each other to be better and see how far we can push the limits racing at top speeds. We have developed a unique relationship being from different countries and racing in an individual sport but I think it's cool that two of the top guys can get along this well. On race day things change as we are focused on our own goals but the respect factor doesn't disappear. We expect clean racing from each other and let the best man win!"
Watch the clip and warm up for the action with a little reminder of how things have played out this season and who's in with a chance of glory.
Watch it Live
Red Bull Crashed Ice Edmonton will broadcast LIVE on redbullcrashedice.com and Red Bull TV on March 10 at 8 PM local time (3 AM GMT).
It will also be live-streamed at cbcsports.ca from 8:00 p.m. MST, and will also be available on CBC on March 10, immediately following Hockey Night in Canada at approximately 10:45 p.m. MST. CBC Sports' Kelly VanderBeek will host coverage of the event alongside reporter Jacqueline Doorey, who will provide on-the-ground coverage from the venue including post-race interviews from the mixed zone. Calling the event are Red Bull's play-by-play commentators Troy Manering and Reed Whiting.
French-speaking fans can tune in to TVA Sports for a LIVE broadcast at 8:00pm MST.
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If you miss the event or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the event.