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.