Yes, you read that right, 2010 Olympic skeleton gold medallist Jon Montgomery has joined Sportsnet as an analyst for their Quebec City Crashed Ice contest on Saturday. You can easily put this one down as an attempt to draw viewers away from hockey on CBC, curling on TSN and March Madness on TSN2. Montgomery has never been down a Crashed Ice course. Here is Sportsnet’s press release.
Sportsnet and Canadian gold medallist Jon Montgomery crash into the heart of Quebec City for the highly-anticipated final race in the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship on Saturday, March 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. The championship event will also be streamed live at sportsnet.ca.
Montgomery, who won the hearts of all Canadians with his gold-medal victory in men’s skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, headlines the network’s coverage, as he makes his Sportsnet debut as analyst alongside Ken Reid, who will call the play-by-play. Aly Lozoff rounds out the broadcast team as host.
“In my past two years since the Olympics, I’ve tried everything from swimming with great whites to flying with the Snowbirds, but I’ve yet to experience the Crashed Ice Quebec City track,” said Montgomery. “Red Bull Crashed Ice is a mind-blowing event and I’m looking forward to experiencing it from the perspective of a Sportsnet analyst.”
The final race promises to be one for the ages, as Canadian Kyle Croxall, current world championship leader, battles for the 2012 World Championship title down the spectacular 550-metre urban ice track against ice cross downhill extreme athletes from around the world. The native of Mississauga, ON tops the overall rankings with 2,200 points while younger brother Scott sits third with 1,700. Arttu Pihlainen from Finland poses the only threat with his second-place ranking of 1,960 points.