Lightning Lahti makes history again in Edmonton

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Mirko Lahti of Finland, Alex Schrefels of the United States, Jesse Sauren of Finland and Joni Saarinen of Finland compete during the Junior Competition at the tenth and final stage of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship at the Red Bull Crashed Ice in Edmonton, Canada on March 9, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Mark Roe / Red Bull Content Pool

Finnish juggernaut Mirko Lahti destroyed the competition, winning all the four Red Bull Crashed Ice stops this season in the Junior competition. He crowned an impeccable season by winning in Edmonton Friday after earlier posting the second fastest time in the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship Shootout for the men’s competition.

Mirko Lahti of Finland completed a perfect season by taking an historic fourth win in a row at Ice Cross Downhill Junior World Championship on Friday to cement first place in the overall standings. On a cold Canadian night, Lukasz Korzestanski of Poland took second on the difficult track while Joni Saarinen of Finland finished in third place in the high-speed competition of the world’s best 16 to 21 year olds.

 

Lahti, who has emerged as the brightest talent of his generation after winning the last three Junior World Championship races in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jyvaskyla, Finland, and Marseille, France jumped into the lead at the start of the ice track overlooking the frozen waters of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. He proved to be once again unbeatable down the 455-meter long ice track with its 40-meter vertical drop.

 

Mirko Lahti of Finland, Joni Saarinen of Finland, Lukasz Korzestanski of Poland and Luca Engler of Germany compete during the Junior Competition at the tenth and final stage of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship at the Red Bull Crashed Ice in Edmonton, Canada on March 9, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Mark Roe / Red Bull Content Pool

“It’s my last race. It’s amazing,” said Lahti, who will be moving out of the Junior World Championships and racing only in the men’s championship next season. He relished the final Junior victory in the finish area in front of a packed crowd.




Lahti also won the first Junior World Championship, which was created last year to introduce more young athletes to the world’s fastest sport on skates, winning three of the four races. This year he outdid himself by putting his indelible stamp on the championship on the last stop in the four-race season – at Edmonton, Canada. He won the championship with 2,000 points while Richie ‘Jo Jo’ Velasquez of the USA finished second overall with 1,600 points. Poland’s Lukasz Korzestanski completes the overall podium with 1,400 points.

Alex Mercier of Canada, Vaclav Kosnar of the Czech Republic, Coleton Haywood of Canada and Steven Cox of Canada compete during the Qualifiers at the tenth and final stage of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship at the Red Bull Crashed Ice in Edmonton, Canada on March 9, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Andreas Langreiter / Red Bull Content Pool

In Ice Cross Downhill, athletes race down the obstacle-filled ice track four-at-a-time at speeds of up to 80 km/h. The first two advance to the next round as the field is whittled down to a final 4 in the extreme test of stamina, conditioning and exposure to the elements.

 

In the freestyle competition, Steven Cox of Canada took top honors pulling off the best tricks.

 

Mirko Lahti of Finland (C) celebrates with Joni Saarinen of Finland (R) Lukasz Korzestanski of Poland (L) during the Award Ceremony for the Juniors Cup at the tenth and final stage of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship at the Red Bull Crashed Ice in Edmonton, Canada on March 9, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

Final Results: 1. Mirko Lahti (FIN), 2. Lukasz Korzestanski (POL), 3. Joni Saarinen (FIN), 4.  Luca Engler (GER), 5. Filipe Carvalheiro (SUI), 6. Jesse Sauren (FIN), 7. Max Nymark (FIN), 8. Alex Schreifels (USA), 9. Maxim Krokhin (SWE), 10. Francis Boudreau (CAN).

Overall Standings: 1.Mirko Lahti (FIN), 2. Richie “Jo Jo” Velasquez (USA), 3. Lukasz Korzestanski (POL), 4. Jesse Sauren (FIN), 5. Joni Saarinen (FIN), 6. Dmitriy Murlychkin (RUS), 7. Eric Miauton (SUI), 8. Filipe Carvalheiro (SUI), 9. Luca Engler (GER), 10. Max Nymark (FIN).

 

 

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