Hoping three's a charm at Crashed Ice

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

Don Kerfoot recalls the first time he stared down the track at the Red Bull Crashed Ice championship in Quebec City.

The 28-year-old Winnipegger will get a third crack at the extreme event after posting the best time in a local qualifier yesterday at River East Arena.

"It's hard to describe in words, it's the most exciting thing I've ever done in my life," said Kerfoot, who's suited up for the Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

"Your blood is pumping like crazy. You look down, it's such a steep start and there's about 100,000 people banging on the boards and going nuts. It's the greatest feeling I've ever had in my life."

Luke Stokotelny and Ross Johnstone also qualified from a group of 64 men battling for three spots. On the women's side, Ainsley Ferguson took the lone spot.

"It's kind of a shock, I didn't know there were only going to be two competitors," said Ferguson, a 24-year-old Winnipegger who plays for the Prairie Fire in the National Ringette League.

"It's pretty neat. Coming in, I wasn't expecting much."

Ferguson is excited to get a first-hand look at the more extreme track in Quebec City.

"I know it's going to be pretty scary, but it will be an experience," said Ferguson. "You almost get a high watching it on TV, but it's going to be different actually participating. It's something I've never done before."

The 2010 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship final is set for Mar. 20.

It's referred to as a combination of downhill skiing, hockey and boardercross on a heart-stopping track that features vertical drops, jumps and sharp turns.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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