Daredevils skate on thin ice to smash world records on planet’s fastest course at Red Bull crashed ice championships
Two daredevil ice skaters set new records on the planet’s fastest course on Saturday (09/01).
Thrillseeker Tory Merz managed to leap 27 metres, the longest jump ever recorded, when he completed the 370-metre track in Munich, Germany.
And fellow American Maxwell Dunne clocked up a record speed of 82 km/h on the world’s fastest track, which features 45 degree drops.
The pair are both crashed ice skaters, an extreme sport where participants skate along an urban track with steep drops and sharp bends.
The race was held in Munich’s Olympic Park and is part of the Red Bull Crashed Ice championships which is currently being led by American Cameron Naasz.
He said: “It’s always gruelling out there and this was a really fast track – the scariest track I’ve ever been on.
“You just need courage to get down the fast part of the track and technical skills get you through the top half.”
Scotsman Scott Quinn made his début on the night, having recently transferred from freestyle roller blading.
He said: “It was absolutely incredible, so amazing. The adrenaline in the start gate, and the crowd was unreal.
“I can’t wait to get more experience on the ice and I’m looking forward to the next stop in Finland.”
Naasz won the race while defending champion Scott Croxall, of Canada, finished in second.
Scott’s brother Kyle Croxall lies in third and Frenchman Tristan Dugerdil claimed fourth place.
There are two races Red Bull Crashed Ice races and five Riders Cup competitions left this season.
Crashed Ice is an extreme winter sport where competitors use ice skates to compete an ‘urban’ type environment.