Photos: Feats of daring at Crashed Ice event

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1 A group of skaters drops onto the track Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, during the elimination round to determine which national and international athletes advance to Saturday's finals at the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in downtown St. Paul. 
2 Switzerland's Reto Maeder leaves his three competitors behind at "Hangman Hill" on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, during the elimination round of the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition in downtown St. Paul. The top 64 skaters advance to Saturday night's finals. 
3 Minnesotans braved the cold to watch the elimination round Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in downtown St. Paul. The top 64 athletes will advance to the finals on Saturday night. 
4 Skaters race down the 400-meter-long course during the elimination round Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion in downtown St. Paul. Racers enter the course from atop a 48-foot ramp near the Cathedral of St. Paul. 
5 Workers keep crampons handy to gain traction on icy terrain Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition in downtown St. Paul. 
6 Athletes try to gain speed as they cross Summit Avenue in front of the Cathedral of St. Paul on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in downtown St. Paul. The top 64 competitors from this elimination round advance to Saturday's finals. 
7 Skaters descend "Hangman Hill," a 16-foot-high wall, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, during the elimination round of the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition in downtown St. Paul. 
8 Shane Nuttley of Canada, center, poses for pictures with fans after his run Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, during the elimination round of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in downtown St. Paul. 
9 Racers drop onto the Crashed Ice course in the quarterfinals of the team competition on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in downtown St. Paul. 
10 Minnesota native Brian Schack flies over jumps on the Crashed Ice course in the quarterfinals of the team competition on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in downtown St. Paul. 
11 Racers prepare for a big dropoff as the Crashed Ice course heads down from the St. Paul Cathederal in the semifinals of the team competition on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in downtown St. Paul.