Crashed Ice, Round 3 - Moscow, Russia

26 February, 2011 at 15:00 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

Crashed Ice heads to Moscow for the third and penultimate round of the 2011 World Championship. We've already seen two epic battles take place in Germany and the Netherlands, and things are getting close at the top.

Sidepodcast F1: Claudio Caluori, Vladislav Kurshev and Andre Lavrov pass the Kremlin on skates.

Credit: Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Crashed Ice

Claudio Caluori, Vladislav Kurshev and Andre Lavrov pass the Kremlin on skates.

In the first round, both Croxall brothers got to the final, but Scott was disqualified after a false start. In the second round, again both Croxall brothers were in the final and this time they both got to the finish line. However, they are sitting second and third in the championship behind everyone's favourite (skating) Finn Arttu Pihlainen. When Arttu gets out of the blocks well, ahead of everyone else, he can speed down the course in the blink of an eye. If he gets mixed up in traffic, that's when things get interesting. Here's how the points standings look at the moment.

2011 World Championship
1Arttu PihlainenFinland1800
2Kyle CroxallCanada1700
3Scott CroxallCanada1400
4Lari JoutsenlahtiFinland820
5Lukas KolcCzech Republic810
6Michael ProchazkaCzech Republic670
7Lukas FialaCzech Republic622
8Louis Philippe DumoulinCanada590
9Jim De PaoliSwitzerland580
10Kilian BraunSwitzerland520

For what it's worth, my personal favourite and defending champion Martin Niefnecker is sitting way down in 17th, so at this point he could probably just stay at home.

It's unlikely that he will though, because these guys are tough. If you're prepared to watch some fast and furious skating action, then tune in to Red Bull TV at 3:45pm GMT when the third round of Crashed Ice gets underway. I will see you then!

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