How do Radeon graphics and extreme ice cross downhill mix? Graphics offer the intense experience in VR, of course.

Last week, Red Bull Crashed Ice came to the Canadian capital of Ottawa where a massive ice track overlooked frozen waters not too far from the iconic Parliament building. It’s a bustling event that attracts not only pro athletes who compete in the event, but masses of eager onlookers—after all, ice cross downhill is an extreme sport, and you get adrenaline pumping just by watching the sport unfold.

As Red Bull Crashed Ice says, “Ice cross downhill is the fastest sport on skates. Take some of the best and toughest skaters in the world, a sizzling atmosphere, stunning surroundings, and thousands of square metres of frozen water.”

Does that make your heart skip a beat? Take a look at some of the finals that went down last weekend:

 

These competitions are global and Red Bull has been holding formal World Championships since 2010. You can learn more about the World Championships here.

For those who aren’t professional ice cross downhill athletes but were curious to try out the sport, they dove headfirst into the Red Bull Crashed Ice VR experience powered by AMD and Radeon graphics. The demo followed an athlete from a competition in France, and while the demo runs at a seemingly short minute, every second of it is an exhilarating experience.

The race may be simulated, but we know how VR works—it feels like you’re in the real thing. So who’s to say the guests who tried the VR experience weren’t hurtling down up to 660 meters at 80 km an hour? That’s a heart-pounding speed, racing down a steep ice track with sharp turns and jumps while trying to avoid crashing into your competitors.

But whether it’s a real race or a VR race, the goal is to be the first one to reach the bottom. See how the guests found the experience of being in an ice cross athlete’s shoes:

 

 

To see what the day was like outside the Radeon demos, take a look at the photos from the Ottawa ice cross downhill competition from Red Bull Crashed Ice’s website.

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Annie Lee, Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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