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2 Minnesotans compete in finals of Red Bull Crashed Ice

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Two Minnesotans were in the final round of Red Bull Crashed Ice on Saturday, placing third and fourth, respectively.

The Pioneer Press reports, Lakeville’s Cameron Naasz, 23, and Cottage Grove’s Andrew Bergeson, 27, were among the final four skaters to compete in the cross downhill event, which is a mix of hockey, boarder cross and downhill skiing.

Around 120,000 fans watched 64 international skaters dressed in hockey gear race down a track 1,410 feet long, complete with twists, jumps and obstacles, according to the Pioneer Press. Athletes can reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour, according to Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Austrian favorite Marco Dallago placed first, former hockey player Scott Croxall from Mississauga, Ontario took second, Naasz placed third and Bergeson fourth, according to the Pioneer Press.

This event was invented as a marketing strategy by Red Bull to promote its energy drink. The first-ever event was held in Stockholm in 2000, according to the Pioneer Press.

This weekend’s event is the second in the series of four. Dallago placed first in the Helsinki race, the Pioneer Press reports. Moscow and Quebec City will also play host to the race, according to Red Bull Crashed Ice’s website.

This is the third time St. Paul has hosted the event, the Pioneer Press reports.

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