KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Rochester native is a top contender to win the Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship.
KTTC's Kimberly Davis caught up with Reed Whiting on Tuesday at the Dodge County Ice Arena.
Whiting will compete on an intense course this weekend, and has been training relentlessly.
The event includes an ice track four-stories high, built on scaffolding throughout the streets of St. Paul.
The sport is called "Ice Cross Down Hill." Athletes reach speeds up to 40 miles an hour racing down the dangerous track side-by-side on ice skates.
Whiting has been an athlete since he was five, but it doesn't come without a price to pay.
"Basically in training this summer I lost both of my two front teeth. I was in the skate park on roller blades, that's the way we train for this. On BMX bikes, skate parks, mountain bike courses and I was in a concrete bowl. I went a little too high, and came down a little too hard and the concrete won a battle and blew up my mouth," Whiting said.
Whiting said it's a small price to pay to get where he's at. This will be his second year participating in the event, and is currently ranked 9th in the world.
More than 100,000 people are expected to watch the race on Saturday in St. Paul.
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