- Posted January 27, 2013 by
St. Paul, Minnesota
Crashed Ice, the Last Day
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
But Naasz, who suffered a nasty fall earlier in qualifying, came in third behind Kyle Croxall, who narrowly beat his brother Scott. “I just wish I could have got a few more strides in going up that last hill,” said Naasz.
Naasz, 23, joined the decade old sport of ice cross only last year as a rookie in the St. Paul event. In December of last year he placed second at the Crashed Ice event in Niagara Falls in Canada and is second overall in the point standings for the series.
Kyle and Scott passed Naasz in the last part of the race and ended it all with a photo finish that had the judges reviewing the final for some time before the official announcement was made and Kyle was named champion.
The real heroes of the day, however, were the fans, who, despite temperatures hovering in the tens, well below freezing, and braving a northern wind that had chills below zero much of the night, turned out to watch what is fast becoming an annual event in Minnesota's capitol city.
Much of the gossip among the press in attendance was news that St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman was already in negotiations with Red Bull to bring the event back to St. Paul for a third year in a row.
If that happens you can count on an even larger crowd next year, and another showing from Red Bull that winter in Minnesota, no matter the cold, won't deter fans from coming out to watch a winter sporting event when it delivers on promises of thrills, spills, and the coolest show on ice.