5. On the sport’s growth
Since its start in the U.S. in 2012, Crashed Ice has grown significantly—especially in regard to the women’s competition. When Trunzo got her start in the sport, she competed against the guys until the women’s division picked up speed. Now, the girls and boys have the same number of championship races.
“The women’s side of the sport has really taken off,” she says. “Since the beginning, the men always had four races, the full [Red Bull Crashed Ice] tour. But for women, these past two seasons are the first years where there’s a competition in all four spots where the men compete…It’s awesome to see the progression there, and to see the level rise in the women’s competition.”
Naasz has seen growth in both the size of the sport and the competition level of the American teams.
“In 2012, we were all horrible,” he says. “It was our first time competing, and we sucked. We got beat by everyone, but had the coolest gear. Then, in 2013, I had my breakout season and took third overall. For a few years it was just me, but now we’ve developed a good group of U.S. athletes who are taking the sport more seriously on both the men’s and women’s side. We’re even trying to develop more junior athletes, so it’s great to see that happening in the U.S.”
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