Kale Johnstone

Age:  22

Hometown:  Lombard, IL

Occupation:  Student

Season Bib:  59

Wins:  0

Runner Ups:  0

3rd Places:  0

Podiums:  0

Top Ten Positions:  0

Mens World Ranking 2016/2017:  64th

Mens World Championship 2016/2017:  59th

Competing Since:  Saint Paul 2015

When did you learn to skate?

-I learned to skate when I was three years old.

Did you play hockey growing up?

-I started playing hockey when I was five, and still play at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on the D2 ACHA team.

What other sports did you play growing up?

-I played baseball when I was growing up, and played soccer and lacrosse during high school.

If you could do anything non-athletic in your spare time, what is it?

-Managing and running the ACHA hockey team at Saint Mary’s.

Are there any other good hobbies that you have?

-Working out and training, planning to open up my own gym after I graduate from college.

Describe going down an icecross downhill track for the first time:

-Frightening. My first trip down the track was in 2015 and it was terrifying at first. Being in the air on skates is something that is not like any other experience, and something you have to try to understand. After making it down the track for the first time, you can’t get enough though and want to get right back to the top to do it all over again.

What are your guilty pleasures? Why do you wake up in the morning?

-I wake up in the morning looking to better myself in every way possible. Whether it be athletically or not, I look forward to learning something new everyday and applying it to my life. My guilty pleasure would definitely be chipotle.

How long have you been competing in ice cross downhill?
-I began competing in 2015 at Saint Paul after doing the on-ice tryout in Duluth, Minnesota.

What first got you interested in the sport?
-I got interested in the sport by seeing highlight videos online. I remembered watching the sport on NBC as I was growing up, and saw the opportunity one day to signup for the on-ice tryouts and took a chance!

If there is one piece of advice that you could offer new riders, what would it be?
-Don’t be afraid to give it a shot! It may look terrifying at first, but you won’t regret going down the track once you’re at the bottom. It’s the thrill of a lifetime, and it only gets better overtime.

What is your best result or favourite memory at a Red Bull Crashed Ice?

-My favorite memory and best result was in Bathurst this past season when I placed 2nd. The track was moved indoors because of weather, but it allowed me to show what I am capable of and gave me the confidence that I needed. It is also a favorite memory because of the time we had to hangout with all the athletes. Even though all the guys are competing against each other, we are closest group of athletes I have ever been a part of.

Who is your favorite sports athlete?

-Jaromir Jagr