Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier drops temps in Oldsmar

click to enlarge Sixteen athletes competed in a plethora of events at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar in the Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier. - CHRIS GARRISON
Chris Garrison
Sixteen athletes competed in a plethora of events at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar in the Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier.

click to enlarge Sixteen athletes competed in a plethora of events at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar in the Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier. - CHRIS GARRISON
Chris Garrison
Sixteen athletes competed in a plethora of events at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar in the Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier.
  • Chris Garrison
  • Sixteen athletes competed in a plethora of events at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar in the Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier.

While everyone in the Tampa Bay area (and beyond) braced for the polar vortex, a more enjoyable and exciting extreme cold event took place in Oldsmar on Saturday, as the Tampa Bay Skating Academy played host to the Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier.

For the second year in a row, Tampa served as one of eight cities holding qualifying events. The competition attracted athletes from places like Texas, Massachusetts and New York to compete in a series of unconventional drills and obstacles. Jack Schram and Harrison Rigsby beat out 16 competitors to claim the two open spots from the South Region and advance to the Red Bull Crashed Ice U.S. World Championships taking place Feb. 20-22 in Minnesota — the only U.S. stop on the World Championship Tour.