Welcome!

News Feed Item

Record Breaking Crowds In Saint Paul Cheer Americans To Finals

M. Dallago wins Red Bull Crashed Ice 2014 Saint Paul; Naasz takes third place

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Feb. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 120,000 super-fans in Minnesota came out to the Cathedral of Saint Paul to witness Marco Dallago (AUT) take out Scott Croxall (CAN), Cameron Naasz (USA) and Andrew Bergeson (USA) in the second stop of Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2014. The largest crowd in the history of Ice Cross Downhill poured out to cheer on the American athletes despite freezing temperatures, and the support worked. This year's annual stop represented one of the strongest showings ever for the American athlete contingent, which grows more and more elite at each stop of the World Championship tour.

Scott Croxall (CAN) wraps around 180 degree turn ahead of Andrew Bergeson (USA), Cameron Naasz (USA) and Marco Dallago (AUT) at Red Bull Crashed Ice - Saint Paul as part of the Ice Cross Downhill World Championships.

"The sport is excelling here. It's growing really quickly, and you can see our talent level is rising really fast," said Cameron Naasz, the top ranked U.S. athlete, who finished on third on the podium for the second year in a row. "The whole goal for us is to get more and more Americans involved and grow the sport in the U.S., and we showed tonight we are definitely doing that."

The Americans set the tone immediately, with U.S. athlete Adam Gerlach making a statement by winning the first heat of the night. Just a few heats later, an American shocked everyone as Christopher Clancy, a true rookie in his first race, knocked out Derrick Wedge, defending world champion. By the time the round of 64 was in the books, six Americans were moving on and the tone for the evening was set.

Few were surprised that Naasz, who reached the podium in 2013 in Saint Paul, was in contention once again as the night progressed. He cruised through the early rounds and was never in danger of being eliminated. However, rising American star Andrew Bergeson quickly made himself the story of the night as he moved on, round after round, exceeding all expectations. Bergeson, who had never before reached a final round, skated past competitor after competitor until there was only once race to go.

The final run featured true star power – four of the sports bests; Bergeson, Naasz, M. Dallago and S. Croxall. The run was intense, with leads changing regularly and all four skaters riding toe to toe. Naasz jumped out to an early lead, battling it out with Dallago for the lead as the race headed down the stretch. When Dallago fell, the home crowd cheered in anticipation of Naasz winning the event. However, Dallago is ranked #1 in the world for a reason – and he was able to recover and win the race. Scotty Croxall finished second, with Cam Naasz reaching the podium at third and Andrew Bergeson finishing fourth.

"I don't know if the count is right, I just heard it before the final, but there is 120,000 spectators," says Dallago. "With this big event atmosphere, it's just perfect, and I am so happy that I can win two races in a row."

Red Bull Crashed Ice Saint Paul is in partnership with Swatch and Polaris. Red Bull Crashed Ice –Saint Paul will air on Fox Sports 1 Monday, February 24 at 8:30pm CST. All four of the World Championship races will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 as part of a stunning Red Bull global sports series that also includes the Cliff Diving World Series, X-Fighters, and the Air Race World Championship.  Year-long broadcasts take place at some of the most iconic and breath-taking sporting venues in the world. For more information and final results, please visit www.redbullcrashedice.com.

B-Roll from tonight's event is available for download here. Tonight's best action clip is available here.  

Looking for Red Bull Crashed Ice Content?
Through the Red Bull network, hi-res video and still images are captured and made immediately available for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital. For a full selection of video and still images, please visit the Red Bull Content Pool for media partners at www.redbullcrashedicenewsroom.com.

About Polaris
Polaris Industries has helped support the 2014 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in Saint Paul by supplying 25 Ranger XPs. Each Polaris Ranger is integral to the month long build of Crashed Ice and the transportation of staff and athletes during the event on February 20-22. For more information on Polaris and their line of Hardest Working, Smoothest Riding vehicles, visit www.Polaris.com.  

About Swatch
Launched in 1983 by Nicolas G. Hayek, Swatch is a leading Swiss watchmaker and one of the world's most popular brands. The first Swatch watches surprised everyone with their revolutionary concept, creative design and provocative spirit. Today Swatch continues to innovate and surprise with new models, collections and special editions. The brand maintains a strong presence in the world of sports with its commitment to snowboarding, free skiing, surfing, FMX and ice cross downhill. Right from the start, Swatch connected with art and artists, and Swatch watches remain a prominent canvas for artists from a broad range of disciplines.

VOD Information
The Red Bull Crashed Ice broadcast will be available on demand on February 24 at 10pm CST on Red Bull TV, which is available for free on the web at www.redbull.tv, through its iOS and Android applications, as well as Apple TV, Chromecast and select Smart TVs.

Digital Information

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140223/LA70048

SOURCE Red Bull

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Internet-of-Things discussions can end up either going down the consumer gadget rabbit hole or focused on the sort of data logging that industrial manufacturers have been doing forever. However, in fact, companies today are already using IoT data both to optimize their operational technology and to improve the experience of customer interactions in novel ways. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, will share examples from a wide range of industries – includin...
"We build IoT infrastructure products - when you have to integrate different devices, different systems and cloud you have to build an application to do that but we eliminate the need to build an application. Our products can integrate any device, any system, any cloud regardless of protocol," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Between 2005 and 2020, data volumes will grow by a factor of 300 – enough data to stack CDs from the earth to the moon 162 times. This has come to be known as the ‘big data’ phenomenon. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to handling, storing and analyzing data aren’t adequate at this scale: they’re too costly, slow and physically cumbersome to keep up. Fortunately, in response a new breed of technology has emerged that is cheaper, faster and more scalable. Yet, in meeting these new needs they...
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. He cited examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He also highlighted how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable ...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
SaaS companies can greatly expand revenue potential by pushing beyond their own borders. The challenge is how to do this without degrading service quality. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director at Anexia, discussed how IaaS providers with a global presence and both virtual and dedicated infrastructure can help companies expand their service footprint with low “go-to-market” costs.
Get deep visibility into the performance of your databases and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. You can't get application performance without database performance. Give everyone on the team a comprehensive view of how every aspect of the system affects performance across SQL database operations, host server and OS, virtualization resources and storage I/O. Quickly find bottlenecks and troubleshoot complex problems.
"Once customers get a year into their IoT deployments, they start to realize that they may have been shortsighted in the ways they built out their deployment and the key thing I see a lot of people looking at is - how can I take equipment data, pull it back in an IoT solution and show it in a dashboard," stated Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"We are the public cloud providers. We are currently providing 50% of the resources they need for doing e-commerce business in China and we are hosting about 60% of mobile gaming in China," explained Yi Zheng, CPO and VP of Engineering at CDS Global Cloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.