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Witty brothers part of Crashed Ice competition
Brothers Dan, Ryan and Tyler Witty of New Prague competed in the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition in St. Paul January 24-27.
Tyler was part of last year’s competition, and his brothers applied and were accepted into tryouts, and all three qualified for Thursday’s competition.
The three earned a spot in Friday’s elimination round by finishing among the top 32 fastest times in the national time trials out of 100 Americans on Thursday.
Red Bull Crashed Ice is an ice cross downhill World Tour where athletes strap on hockey skates and fly down an icy track full of steep turns and vertical drops at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
One other New Prague resident, Adam Corr, took part in Thursday’s competition. He did not advance to Friday’s round.
On Friday afternoon. Tyler placed second in his heat to advance to the finals Saturday night. Danny and Ryan were placed in a race against each other and Danny took first to advance to finals on Saturday also, but Ryan finished a close third place.
The three also competed in team competition Friday evening, however the brothers did not make the cut, finishing 24th. The top 16 teams advanced.
Tyler and Dan were among only 13 Americans that advanced to Saturday’s finals. There were an estimated 115,000 people in St. Paul to watch the finals. Tyler placed second in his first round of 64 and moved onto the round of 32. Danny was in position to place second and advance, but he got taken out late in his heat and finished fourth, with an overall rank of 61st.
Tyler finished fourth in the round of 32. His 32nd place finish was fifth best among the Americans.
On Monday Tyler learned he had been selected as a wildcard selection for the American team at the February 9 competition in Landgraf, Netherlands.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said the University of Minnesota, Duluth student. “I have been given the opportunity to attend the next three stops on the world tour (the other two are in Canada and Switzerland). However, Tyler receives limited funding and is looking for sponsors to help fund his travel and training expenses. Sponsors can have their company logo displayed on Tyler’s equipment during competition. Any individual or group interested in sponsoring him can call him at 952-465-9801.