Barta, 30, has submitted an online profile to get into the tournament as a "Wild Card." He's still set to go through the qualifying at the Xcel Energy Center, but the wild card competition assures him of a spot if he should, for some reason, stumble at the "X."
"I'm 30 now so I'm about five to eight years older than the average guy doing the Crashed Ice series," Barta said. "I need any edge I can get."
You can vote for Barta here, via his Create.It entry. He's quite a few votes behind, so he's asking for the SMTA community's help.
"I grew up in Rogers and live here in Albertville now with my family, so I'm a hometown guy," he said.
What is Crashed Ice? Making its third visit to St. Paul, the track-style skating challenge is shooting a hockey player down an iced roller coaster, complete with jumps, turns and drops. Then, after qualifying, throw a group of them down in a race.
Barta's video can be seen in this story. If you're viewing from a mobile device, it's also here on his entry.
More on the Red Bull Crashed Ice visit to the Twin Cities
The world’s fastest Ice Cross Downhill athletes are coming back to Saint Paul to compete in the toughest competition on skates, Red BullCrashed Ice.
Athletes will go four-at-a-time through a demanding, gritty, glacial downhill course full of turns, canals and chutes – all against the backdrop of the iconic Cathedral of Saint Paul.
The U.S. will host eight qualifiers in December, January and February to decide who grabs an opportunity to be one of 100 US athletes to take on the icy track in Saint Paul February 20-22, 2014. The athletes come from a variety of disciplines - hockey, downhill skiing, speed skating, boardercross, and others – with grit, skate skills and toughness as mandatory barometers of success.
HOW: To register for Red Bull Crashed Ice – Saint Paul, athletes must be 16 years old. Athletes may register at multiple locations, but they can only qualify once. Rookies and Pros alike are allowed register, from any sport discipline. Go to www.redbullcrashedice.com to register today.
WHERE: Xcel Energy Center
WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 2014
10:00 AM – Session #1
5:00 PM – Session #2