Fenway Park Serving Up 'Crashed Ice' this Winter
11 Dec, 2018
This article was originally printed in the Boston Globe:
Before the familiar sight of baseball returns to Fenway Park in 2019, the timeless venue will host a brief, veering detour. And given the nature of ice cross downhill — the sport that will skate into New Englanders’ consciousness next February — it probably will take a few more choppy turns for good measure.
On Feb. 8-9, the sport known as ice cross downhill will make its wintry debut in Boston at the Red Bull Crashed Ice event hosted in the home of the Red Sox. On a track covered in ice, racers (four at a time) will reach speeds of 50 miles per hour as they skate down a seven-story tower constructed on the right-field bleachers along a 2,000-foot course, replete with jumps and tight turns.
Hurtling to the infield, racers will follow the narrow track around the bases, finishing at home plate.
“A huge thing for our sport is to show it to people who have never seen it, and get it into new locations,” explained Amanda Trunzo, the reigning women’s ice cross downhill world champion and a former Dartmouth hockey player. “That’s how the sport will continue to develop.