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An Inside Look at the Mayhem That Ensued at Red Bull’s Crashed Ice Event

Red Bull has been hosting 'Crashed Ice' competitions since 2001, but this past weekend marked the first time ever that an Ice Cross Downhill event was held inside a stadium. So, we decided to send photographer Chris D. Thompson to document all the ice-cold insanity.



It took a crew six weeks and 35,000 combined hours of labor to transform the iconic Fenway Park into a 1,200-foot ice track. (Don't worry Red Sox fans. The field was protected with over 107,000 square feet of aluminum flooring.) Over 100 skaters from 22 countries competed, racing four-at-a-time on a course that featured hairpin turns, big-air jumps, and top speeds of 50 mph.

 

In the Men's Division two-time World Champion Cameron Naasz secured victory, and reigning World Champion Amanda Trunzo won the Women's Division. “[Fenway] is such a historic ballpark," Naasz said after his win. "I like to think we made a little history here tonight." You can watch a replay of their wins, here.

 

Would you ever want to give Ice Cross a go? What other emerging sports do you think deserve a big arena moment? 

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These helmets wouldn't be enough for the action on the field this time. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Amanda Trunzo crosses the finish line to defend her Crashed Ice Championship / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Skaters on the way to locker rooms at Fenway Park. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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With multiple broadcast feeds to manage at once, the edit truck is feast of screens. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Overheard; 'Those cables are giving me anxiety.' / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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The iconic Green Monster was there to stand sentry over the proceedings. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Between the Green Monster, the Celtics, and the recent enactment of recreational cannabis in Massachusetts, Boston loves green. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Ruts in the ice from practice runs. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Tamara Meuwissen leads women's competitors down the triple jump line. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Amanda Trunzo talks about balancing her Ice Cross career with her day job, including days in the skatepark after work. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Olympic Gold Medalist Hilary Knight gave the course a try and attested that hockey isn't the only skill needed to hurtle oneself down a human ice luge at 50+ miles per hour. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Luca Dallago leads a heat down the triple jump line. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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As is Fenway tradition, singing 'Sweet Caroline.' Good times never seemed so good. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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As is Fenway tradition, singing 'Sweet Caroline.' Good times never seemed so good. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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A mistake early off the first jump put Finnish favorite Mirko Lahti out of contention. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Supportive friends in the finish area. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Cameron Naasz leads a tight heat through the 180 degree banked turn at the top of the course. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Amanda Trunzo crosses the finish line to defend her Crashed Ice Championship / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Cameron Naasz crossing the finish line in the final heat. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Amanda Trunzo crosses the finish line to defend her Crashed Ice Championship / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Two time Red Bull Crashed Ice Champ Mirko Lahti of Finland leads the pack of, Alex Mercier of Canada, Tommy Mertz of the United States and Vaclav Kosnar of Czech Republic over the second base drop. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Amanda Trunzo crosses the finish line to defend her Crashed Ice Championship / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Two time Red Bull Crashed Ice Champ Mirko Lahti of Finland leads the pack of, Alex Mercier of Canada, Tommy Mertz of the United States and Vaclav Kosnar of Czech Republic over the second base drop. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Amanda Trunzo crosses the finish line to defend her Crashed Ice Championship / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Cameron Naasz gets drenched by fellow competitors after crossing the finish far ahead of his challengers. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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Cameron Naasz shows off some of his new jewelry shortly after his win. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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The mens and womens podium winners. Cameron Naasz, Luca Dallago, Scott Croxall, Amanda Trunzo, Myriam Trepanier, and Tamara Meuewissen. / Chris D. Thompson for ONE37pm

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