Jay McKee qualifies for 2013 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontarioby jmaloni
Red Bull Crashed Ice skated into Western New York Tuesday holding the only northeast qualifier for the first Canadian stop in the World Championship in Niagara Falls. Two local Buffalo competitors, one from Niagara Falls, one Midwesterner, and one Canadian Buffalo Sabres alum player will represent the U.S. on Dec. 1.
Adam Green had the fastest time of the qualifier, completing the pre-set course in 22.66 seconds. His Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship experience has already taken him to Munich, Germany, in 2009 and St. Paul, Minn., last year ranking him 69th overall.
"My ambition is to be in the top 16 in Niagara," said Green, a student hailing from Cleveland. "I, no doubt, will be the fastest U.S. competitor."
Local celebrity and the most experienced on the ice, Buffalo Sabres alum Jay McKee finished confidently in fourth place with a time of 25.63.
"I'm just proud to be a small part of this awesome sport," said McKee, who currently resides in Elma. "It's perfect for adrenaline junkies like myself."
Also heading to Niagara in second-, third- and fifth-place are John Corda, Edward Spiesz and Daniel Buchanan, all hailing from the Buffalo area. In addition, the only female skater willing to go against the men of Red Bull Crashed Ice will be planning a homecoming, seeing that she is currently a local firefighter in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Tamara Stewart, 24, will compete amongst some of the fastest, toughest and bravest ice cross down hill skaters that Canada and surrounding countries have to offer.
"I'm going to train hard, because I don't want my experience to end in Niagara," said Stewart, who has been playing hockey since she was 5 years old. "I've always competed with the boys. It's just made me better."
For those that couldn't make it, there are additional qualifiers in the U.S. for the Minneapolis stop later this year. Checkwww.redbullcrashedice.com for more details.
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship season opener, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Dec. 1: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Jan. 26, 2013: Saint Paul, Minn.
Feb. 16, 2013: TBD (Russia)
March 2, 2013: Lausanne (Switzerland)
March 16, 2013: Quebec City, Quebec