Lakeville native wins Moscow's Crashed Ice


Just two weeks after taking third place at Red Bull's Crashed Ice in St. Paul, Lakeville native Cameron Naasz nabbed first place in Moscow on Saturday as part of the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.

Naasz, 24, beat Austria's Marco Dallago, 23, in the downhill skating event, which is a mix of hockey, boarder cross and downhill skiing held on a nearly 1,500-foot-long winding track. Dallago beat Naasz in the St. Paul event on Feb. 22, and also won the first event of the season in Helsinki, Finland, according to the Pioneer Press.

"I feel unbelievable," Naasz, who joined the sport two years ago, told Red Bull after the race. "I've been searching for this second win for a while. I haven't had the finishes this year that I needed and I've worked on it. This feels great. It was a tough track."

With one race left this season, Naasz is in second place, trailing Dallago by 840 points, according to Red Bull Crashed Ice standings. The final race is in Quebec City from March 20-22.

Naasz grew up in Lakeville and attended St. Cloud State University. He grew up playing hockey and got the chance to compete in the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship event in St. Paul in 2013. He became the first American to ever win an event (Lausanne, Switzerland in 2013), according to his athlete page on the Red Bull Crashed Ice website.

Red Bull invented the Crashed Ice competition as a marketing strategy for its energy drink in 2001 in Sweden. Since its inception, it has attracted amateur skaters and professional hockey players from around the world, according to the Pioneer Press. The extreme sport has grown in popularity over the years – a Crashed Ice course opened near Duluth this winter.

Next Up

Eric Kendricks

Coller: Do the Vikings have a tough schedule?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Screen Shot 2020-01-02 at 7.54.07 AM

Grand jury indicts 2 with aiding and abetting murder of Minneapolis Realtor

Four people have now been indicted by a grand jury in connection to the 2019 killing of Monique Baugh.

Nelson Cruz

White Sox sweep Twins for first time since 2016

The Twins' offense disappeared in a 4-2 loss on Thursday.

Mike Hughes

Report: Vikings trade Mike Hughes to Kansas City

The Vikings received a 2022 sixth-rounder in exchange for the former first-round pick.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Backup from fatal crash in Stearns County leads to another bad crash

The crash backed up traffic, which led to another crash in which two people were injured.

Gluten free pizza

For The Week: Monster cookies, and a search for the best gluten-free pizza in MN

BMTN food writer Lindsay Guentzel's weekly column aims to make life in the kitchen easier.

Flickr - SIMULIIDAE black fly gnat - D. Sikes

South Twin Cities metro besieged by aggressive gnats

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has received more than 100 calls in recent days.

Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater criticizes Panthers' practice habits

The former Vikings quarterback was not a fan of his time in Carolina.

Associate wearing PPE 2

Amazon will give $100 to new hires who are fully vaccinated against COVID

The company is hoping to hire 1,300 people in Minnesota.


1 killed, 1 injured after being ejected from 3-wheel motorcycle

The pair was ejected after the motorcycle left the roadway.