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SLP Resident Tries Crashed Ice Course Again

Brendan Bayers returned this year for the ice cross downhill event in St. Paul.

Updated 11 p.m. Jan. 27: Brendan Bayers of St. Louis Park finished in 90th place in the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship this weekend in St. Paul.

He finished in 85th place in 2012.

You can see a picture of him from Friday's elimination round above.

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Brendan Bayers of St. Louis Park was ranked 33rd in the Red Bull Crashed Ice Shoot Out on Friday in St. Paul. His best time was 46.24.

Bayers is a former St. Louis Park Orioles hockey player.

He did not qualify for the Saturday final after competing in Heat 2 of the Elimination Round on Friday.

The ice cross downhill event continues Saturday near the Cathedral of St. Paul. In ice cross downhill, skaters compete on a 1,300-foot ice course of drops and turns.

Last year, Bayers also was eliminated before the final round.

KARE 11 spoke to Bayers on Friday.

While watching the international pros, he told a KARE reporter, "Those guys have absolutely no fear, and now as a married man I got responsibilities, you know, I'm trying to survive, my theme right now is to live to walk another day type thing."

The Red Bull Crashed Ice website doesn't yet list the hometowns of athletes, so it's unclear if other SLP residents are competing. If you know of another athlete who will be in the finals, or who competed Friday, tell us in the comments.

A crowd of approximately 80,000 is expected for Saturday's finals, according to KARE 11.

For more information about the event, see the Red Bull Crashed Ice website.

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