Red Bull Crashed Ice - a crazy sport, super fun to watch and something I have never felt the need to want to compete in! I do admire those that do, although have always questioned their sanity. I recently posted a blog on their current recruitment for athletes especially the girls.
I am always inspired when I find out that Girls really will do anything. The gains that have been made in the world of women's mountain biking, women's surfing, women's snowboarding and so many other action sports is incredible over the past ten years. No longer are the photographers telling us that we are not going big enough to play with the big boys. So when I got the email from Red Bull Crashed Ice asking if I could promote the event to my Betties I was stoked, I also wanted to find out more about the girls that are out there playing already.
If you have not watched Crashed Ice you have no idea how tough these girls need to be. These girls are cute and athletic and come from everyday lives, but they are hardcore. We got a hold of their athlete profiles to give you a little insight to the girls behind The Red Bull Crashed Ice!
Where is your hometown? Logan Lake
Where is your current residence? Kamloops
What is your age? 29
What is your occupation? Registered Massage Therapist
How many years have you competed in Red Bull Crashed Ice? One year
Where is your hometown? Fournier, Ontario
Where is your current residence? Ottawa
What is your age? 22
What is your occupation? I am a student in Teacher’s College at the University of Ottawa, studying to become a gym teacher. I play varsity hockey, and am looking forward to a great 5th year with the Gee-Gees.
How many years have you competed in Red Bull Crashed Ice? This season will be my 5th year competing in Red Bull Crashed Ice.
My 1st year I finished 5th overall and last year I finished 1st.
Jenny Isabelle Dubé
Where is your hometown? Mirabel, Quebec
Where is your current residence? Montreal, Quebec
What is your age? 22
What is your occupation? I am a student at the University of Quebec in Montreal and also work as a waitress.
How many years have you competed in Red Bull Crashed Ice? This will be my 5th year competing in Red Bull Crashed Ice.
What is your sports/athletic background?
Elaine Topolnisky - I started skating when I was two years old. My parents put me in figure skating but my true passion was hockey. Logan Lake didn't have a female program, but after years of convincing, I was finally allowed to register with the boys. I started playing minor hockey at 9 years old and played all the way through the college level. My high school years were spent in Langley and New Westminster so that I could play at a AAA level. I now play on a local Kamloops Team and attend drop in hockey when available. I also downhill ski. I started skiing when I was four years old and loved the rush of going fast. I used to scare my parents with my tuck-and-go-straight style because they couldn't keep up by the time I was eight. I still ski today and try to do a couple big trips per year.
Fannie Desforges - I play hockey and soccer. I also played ball hockey for the Canadian national team in the 2011 World Championships held in Slovakia.
Jenny Isabelle Dubé - I’ve been playing hockey since the age of 10; I played with boys for three years before playing with girls. I also practiced in training camps with team Quebec. I then played three years of College AA with Les Nordiques du College Lionel-Groulx.
What is your favourite part about competing in Red Bull Crashed Ice?
Elaine Topolnisky - The competition is tight. Everyone who is racing is a great athlete and you really have to work for a win. The energy from the crowd is amazing and feeds into the adrenaline rush of racing.
Fannie Desforges - The adrenaline it gives you. The rush of the course when you go down the track at top speed is a phenomenal feeling.
Jenny Isabelle Dubé - This is an amazing event! The sport gives me an adrenaline rush, which I believe is what makes Red Bull Crashed Ice so popular and memorable.
What have you been doing to prepare for this year’s competition?
Elaine Topolnisky - I work out a few times per week and now with the hockey season starting, I plan to get as much ice time as possible. I have two Siberian Huskies who keep me active and we often go skating on every frozen lake we find.
Fannie Desforges - I’ve trained hard during the hockey off season and have been working hard in the gym all summer. Now that the hockey season has started, I need to keep pushing myself to get faster. Speed is a huge advantage when it comes to Red Bull. A quick start is the most important part of the race, since it allows you to gain position and better control your race.
Jenny Isabelle Dubé - To prepare this year, I will have to train much harder at the gym because I am no longer part of a hockey team. I’m starting cross fit training, which I think will help me get in shape for the competition.