The 2017 Red Bull Crashed Ice world championship — in photos

The 2017 Red Bull Crashed Ice world championship arrived in Ottawa this weekend. It was the first time the race, which features heats of four skaters clad in protective equipment careening down an ice course of steep declines, jumps and turns, was held here.

Some 28,000 people watched Saturday's finale, say police

If Jim Watson has his way, this weekend's Red Bull Crashed Ice world championships in Ottawa won't be the last.

Watson joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and thousands of other people at the Rideau Canal's Ottawa Locks Saturday for the second and final day of the high-stakes downhill ice skating championships.

The two-day competition, Watson said Sunday afternoon, "really exceeded" the city's expectations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to a volunteer at the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship at the Rideau Canal Locks, while Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson looks on, in Ottawa on Saturday, March 4, 2017. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

"We've started negotiations to try to see if we can get Red Bull back every three years," Watson told Radio-Canada.

"The organizers were very satisfied with the organization, the logistics. It worked out really well for them, and we'd love to have them back."

Ottawa police said it was hard to count how many people braved Saturday evening's frigid temperatures because so many people were moving in and out, but at its high point they estimated about 28,000 took in the fast-paced spectacle.

Jacqueline Legere, from St. George, Ont., clinched a second consecutive women's championship on the weekend, while American Cameron Naasz won the men's championship — also for the second straight year.

Crews are now tearing down the massive ice slides which made up the course at the Ottawa Locks, next to the Parliament buildings, the Château Laurier and Major's Hill Park.

Relive the weekend's action with this photo gallery.


  • A previous version of this story reported that police said about 15,000 people attended Saturday's finale. The Ottawa Police Service now says, at its high point, about 28,000 people attended the Red Bull Crashed Ice finale.
    Mar 05, 2017 8:14 PM ET