Quebec City a smashing success

TIM BAINES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 3:01 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY -- Canada's oldest city has plenty going for it.

Great parties, a magnificent heritage and Red Bull Crashed Ice.

"We travel around looking and we find good places, but nothing like this," said Sebastien Paradis, Red Bull's director of marketing for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. "It's unique ... with this kind of vertical drops combined with such rich architecture. You may also see it in San Francisco, but the ice is pretty soft."

AMAZING ARCHITECTURE

Paradis would like to see the event become an annual fixture in Quebec City.

What makes this Crashed Ice phenomen so spectacular?

"It is unique," said Paradis. "You never get to see guys skate at speeds up to 50 km/h down an urban city with such amazing architecture.

"We're mixing sports, it's a bit of hockey heritage mixed with boardercross and speed skating."

Paradis says while the competitors are "amazing skaters," their first trip to the top of the course can be a bit intimidating.

"I see their faces when they look at it for the first time and they're quite scared," he said. "Can you imagine? You've played hockey all your life on a flat surface and all of a sudden you're going down 50 km/h and your knees are flapping. You are scared and you admit it."

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TOP 16 FINISHERS

1. Arttu Pihlainen, Finland

2. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, Blainville, Que.

3. Sebastien Morisette, Donnaconna, Que.

4. Brandon Maksymyk, Calgary

5. Lukas Fiala, Czech Republic

6. Ghislain Bryar, Robertville, N.B.

7. Paavo Klintrup, Finland

8. Donald Morrison, Calgary

9. Matias Schantz, Finland

10. Christian Papillon, Quebec City

11. Simon Isabelle, St-Jean-Chrysotome, Que.

12. Frederick Leduc, Beauhamois, Que.

13. Frederic Guay, Dolbeau, Que.

14. Jasper Felder, Sweden

15. Carter MacLeod, Birch Hill, Sask.

16. Ghyslain Hotte, Rockland


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