EDMONTON – Edmonton City Councillor Amarjeet Sohi, along with two Alberta ministers, announced that Edmonton will host a major international event in 2015.
“It is my pleasure to announce that in 2015, Edmonton will become the first city in western Canada to host the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship as part of the Red Bull Crashed Ice Tour,” said Sohi.
“It is one of the most daring, exciting, and yes, crazy sports in the world.”
Red Bull Crashed Ice Tour sees groups of four skaters racing side-by-side down an ice track while navigating jumps and turns.
“It brings together some of the toughest and fastest athletes in the world,” added Sohi, who thanked Minister Richard Starke and Minister Heather Klimchuk for their support.
Sohi also said the event will be a great way to showcase Edmonton’s downtown and the city’s winter.
WATCH ABOVE: Raw video of Edmonton City Councillor Amarjeet Sohi speaking about Edmonton hosting the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship as part of the Red Bull Crashed Ice Tour in 2015.
It is the first time a city in western Canada has hosted the event.
Starke called the bidding on this race “an incredibly competitive” process.
“Edmonton really is the perfect location to host this event.”
The City of Edmonton is contributing $400,000 towards the total cost of the event, the Alberta government is providing $300,000. Edmonton Destination Hotels and Travel Alberta are contributing $200,000 and $100,000, respectively.
The track will be built in the River Valley, but details have not yet been released.
This year, the tour stopped in Finland, the United States and Russia before heading to Quebec City.
(Above: the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2014 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship in Finland)
On Monday, Edmonton announced it is bidding to bring the Commonwealth Games back to the city in 2022.
Edmonton is in competition with Durban, South Africa to host the Games.
The winning bid will be announced in September 2015.