Courtesy of Red Bull media Service Team
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.
“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.
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.
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).