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Red Bull Crashed Ice to skip Minnesota stop in 2019

ST. PAUL — Red Bull Crashed Ice isn’t returning to St. Paul in 2019.

After six hair-raising seasons, the international extreme skating contest that pits racers in an icy downhill chute will hold events in Japan on Dec. 7-8, Finland on Feb. 2 and Boston on Feb. 8-9, but not in Minnesota’s capital city.

A spokesman for the event could not be reached for comment Wednesday. But Andrew Markey of Hangman Production Co., who served as project manager for the event in the past, confirmed it won’t be in St. Paul this winter.

City officials said competition organizers had previously expressed interest in spreading the sport to different cities.

During its St. Paul debut in January 2012, the three-day competition drew roughly 100,000 visitors.

More than 100 athletes from around the world skated and jumped down a twisting, 1,400-foot-long track full of bumps and obstacles built on the slope of Cathedral Hill.

In the inaugural season alone, Visit Saint Paul, the convention and visitors authority, noted that the city generated an extra $100,000 in sales taxes during January 2012.

A woman’s race was added to the competition in 2014, followed by a junior world championship.

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