This weekend, Red Bull will host one of its Crashed Ice, downhill ice cross, races minutes away from where the Minnesota Wild plays its home games.
But someone who calls the Wild home will also be a part of the Red Bull event.
Sadie Lundquist, who serves as a fan relations account executive, also moonlights in the Red Bull races, and has been doing so for two years. With four events annually, she's traveled to Quebec, Germany, and competed in Saint Paul before, close to where the Duluth-native originally called home.
"It’s kind of a funny story," Lundqist said. "They did the first races in Duluth at Spirit Mountain. My brother watched it, so he got hooked on it. He knew someday he’d want to do it. My senior year of college, I happened to have an off weekend from games. Coach said, 'Get out of town. Go enjoy family. Have a good weekend.'
"[My brother] competed in the Saint Paul race, and I just decided that when I was done with college hockey that this would be my next competition."
Not your run-of-the-mill race on skates, Red Bulls' courses is set up with features like drops in elevation and clearings. But like a conventional race, the first one to cross the finish line wins.
"I remember, my first feature was like a five-foot drop by five-foot clearing," she said. "You couldn’t see the landing. And I was just like, 'Well, I mean you either wuss out on top or you just go for it and hope for the best.' And, happened to land it."
This Friday, Lundqist will compete in a time trial event. If she places high enough, she'll make it to the main event on Saturday, all hosted at the Saint Paul Cathedral, tucked right behind Xcel Energy Center.
"Before, it was kind of like a cakewalk to make it to the Saturday final," Lundquist said. "Now, if you don’t have a good time trial, you get knocked out before you even make it to Saturday’s races."
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