Ireland’s Paul Kennedy was 18th, Christopher Mcconnell, who lives in Belfast, took 21st, Michael Murphy was 26th and Scott Mc Sweeney was 31st in the world’s fastest sport on skates. The top 32 athletes from Thursday’s National Shootout will be on the ice track in front of the Parliament Buildings at Stormont on Friday and trying to earn a spot in Saturday’s 64-man finals against the bottom 32 qualifiers from the International Shootout. The top 32 from that competition will race in Saturday’s finals against the top 32 International qualifiers.
Derrek Coccimiglio of Canada, also hoping to win a spot in Saturday’s finals, posted the fastest time in the National Shootout with a 41.84 seconds while compatriot Tylor Roth was second in 42.06 and Michael Ilianello of the United States was third in 42.54. Baxter’s time was 45.92 while Graeme stopped the clock in 49.79.
“This is my first Red Bull Crashed Ice race and I’m loving it,” said Baxter, who raced in three Olympics for Britain and seven world championships, taking third in the slalom at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. “I’ve got a skiing background and played a lot of ice hockey too. The two fit nicely together. I crashed in training here earlier and maybe I should have taken it a bit easier the first time down.”
— Love Belfast ❤️ (@love_belfast) February 19, 2015