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    Crashed Ice, the Last Day

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photographer and iReporter G3Photo of St. Paul, Minnesota, covered all three days of the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition for ice cross, which is an extreme skating event. In the team competition, six skaters take to the bobsled track at the same time. 'It’s just a whole lotta bodies traveling at speed in a space that, even with four is really, really crowded,' he said. Check out his photos from the preliminary rounds as well as the elimination round.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    You might have thought that Lakeville, Minnesota resident and local favorite Cameron Naasz won the Stanley Cup single handed. That was how loud things were on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Paul last night when 115,000 spectators packed the grounds in below-freezing temperatures to watch the Red Bull Crashed Ice finals in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    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.

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