Local Red Bull Crashed Ice Competitors Practice on Tonka Bay

Updated: 01/23/2013 12:29 PM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

Jordan Miller is in the process of training with some of his fellow competitors on Tonka Bay. They are looking for blades of glory during this weekends Red Bull Crashed Ice down hill race. 

J.T. Johnson and his brother Justin built the home-made course.

"We thought it would be fun to kind of build a course and give some of the skaters a chance to come out and try to get some experience before hand and maybe get a leg up on the competition," Johnson said.

The course they built is relatively short, no more than a couple hundred feet with two sets of jumps. Miller says, it's useful.   

"It really helps because there's only so much flat ice skating you can do and the reality of it is, there isn't a whole lot of flat ice you're going to do on the track. Anytime you can get air and then land and continue to skate and hit another jump that really helps out," Miller said.

This year's 1,280-foot long man-made ice track that is technically challenging. It will feature a 48 foot high start ramp. Miller says, when he's up there looking down on the course before his race, he knows there is no turning back.

"It's pretty much alright, just got to commit and go after it otherwise those legs are going to be lose and you are going to go down," Miller said. 

Miller says, no matter how he does, having fun should be the end result. He believes if that happens, he's already won.