In 2016/17 there was a brand new addition to Red Bull Crashed Ice, with a Junior World Championship replacing the team competitions on Friday evenings. The idea behind this was to give aspiring young Ice Cross Downhill athletes a chance to compete, develop and gain valuable experience on the major tracks, whilst also attracting new young blood into the sport.
Budding young skaters battle it out at each Red Bull Crashed Ice stop, and Finnish sensation Mirko Lahti has had a stranglehold on the category in its first two seasons. Lahti won all seven stops he competed in, taking two titles, and is certainly a huge prospect for the future.
2017/18 was Lahti's final season in the Junior category before he moves on to compete solely in the men's competition. This means next season the door is open for a brand new Ice Cross Downhill Junior World Champion.
Scroll through the videos and stories below to see how the 2017/18 Junior World Championship unfolded.