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5 Questions with…Cameron Naasz

5 Questions with…Cameron Naasz

Meet Cameron Naasz, the Minnesota native and back-to-back Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion. Before he was the Champ, we asked him five questions.

VSP: Ice cross downhill can confuse people who’ve never heard of it—how do you explain it to people?

Cam: Ice cross downhill can be confusing to some people since it is such a new sport. If I were to compare it to two more mainstream sports, I would say it is a mix between bobsledding, since it is on a downhill ice track, and motocross, because of the head to head racing format. Then the difference is we are basically in hockey equipment racing four at a time down a massive ice track filled with jumps, bumps and hairpin turns in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators. 

VSP: How is competing in Europe different than competing in Saint Paul?

Cam: Competing in Europe is completely different than competing in Saint Paul. The time zone is eight hours ahead in some places, the food is nowhere near what we eat, especially breakfast, and the language barrier is difficult to overcome. Besides the cultural differences though, traveling the globe is one of my favorite parts of the sport. I am able to see and experience things that I never thought possible with great friends I never thought I would meet. Its an experience of a lifetime!

VSP: Have any of the other athletes asked you what there is to do around here? If so, what did you tell them to check out?

Cam: I have actually been hosting a bunch of Canadian athletes for the last week and we have been trying to stay as busy as possible. The number one thing they wanted to do while in town was enjoy a Minnesota Wild game at the Xcel Energy Center. We watched them play the New York Islanders. Even though the boys lost 4-1, we had a blast, and the Canadians will definitely have a night to remember.

VSP: What would it mean to you to take it all in Minnesota?

Cam: Over the past four years, I have made it to the final race in Saint Paul and have never gotten the top spot on the podium. This year, I would love to take that top spot and become the first ever American to win the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in front of my home crowd at the same time!* 

VSP: Is there anything that you'd like to add, especially about the sport or competing in Saint Paul? 

Cam: The Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Saint Paul will be the best event of the year in Saint Paul! It will be fun for all ages and I hope to see the entire state of Minnesota out there hooting and hollering! The battle for the title between Scott Croxall and myself will be intense and worth watching. And it's all FREE!

*Cam did, in fact, win that year (2016) in front of the home crowd. Though he didn't top the Saint Paul podium in 2017, Cam finished first overall at the end of the season to become the first back-to-back World Champion. 

Catch Cam in action when Red Bull Crashed Ice returns to Saint Paul for the seventh time, Jan. 19-20. Be sure to share your event photos with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter using the hashtags #CRASHSAINTPAUL and #MYSAINTPAUL.

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