On its seventh consecutive return to Saint Paul, Red Bull Crashed Ice once again delivered a memorable night of intense action, athleticism and adrenaline in front of tens of thousands of devotees.
Amanda Trunzo, a hometown favorite, stole the show, finishing first in the Women’classon.
With a blazing start, Trunzo beat defending world champion Jacqueline Legere of Canada to the first hairpin turn on the track and never looked back to acquire the first of four major Red Bull Crashed Ice races in the 10-race Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.
“I’m so excited to win in front of my home crowd tonight,” said Trunzo who hails from Blaine, Minn. “It’s the first race this season and I wouldn’t want to start it any other way. To have the home crowd on my side, thousands of spectators plus all my family and friends, it was unbelievable.”
The Men’s Division was filled with equally heart-pounding action with Dallago of Austria showing great resilience as he rose from the fourth position to claim victory in the last race of the evening in a dramatic finish after the three leaders crashed – to the amazement of the enormous crowd. Dialogue became the first European to win a Red Bull Crashed Ice race in almost four years in a sport dominated by Americans and Canadians, defeating another local favorite and two-time World Champion Cameron Naasz.
“The setup here is incredible, I’m super happy about the win,” said Dallago, who came back from fourth place to capture the Men’s title. “This is as good as Red Bull Crashed Ice gets and I’m looking forward to the next race in Finland.”
American Michael “Iggy” Iulianello survived a collapse on the final turn to hold onto second place ahead of Canada’s Scott Croxall, the 2015 world champion. To the delight of the enthusiastic hometown crowd, Naasz was leading until late in the high-speed race, but the two-time defending Ice Cross Downhill World Champion crashed on a jump near the conclusion of the race and ended up placing fourth.
Saint Paul has long been a staple of the Red Bull Crashed Ice global series, remaining one of the toughest course of the tour year over year.Red Bull Crashed Ice is supported by Visit St. Paul, BFGoodrich, Hyundai Motor Company, Polaris, United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force, T-Mobile, and Casio.
The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships will take place March 9-10, 2018 in Edmonton, Canada.
Saint Paul Finals Results:
MEN: 1. Marco Dallago (AUT) 2. Michael Iulianello (USA) 3. Scott Croxall (CAN) 4. Cameron Naasz (USA) 5. Paavo Klintrup (FIN) 6. Shayne Renaud (CAN) 7. Steven Cox (CAN) 8. Pacome Schmitt (FRA) 9. Derrek Coccimiglio (CAN) 10. Daniel Bergeson (USA)
WOMEN: 1. Amanda Trunzo (USA) 2. Jacqueline Legere (CAN) 3. Veronika Windisch (AUT) 4. Myriam Trepanier (CAN) 5. Maxie Plante (CAN) 6. Anais Morand (SUI) 7. Michaela Michaelson (USA) 8. Tamara Kajah (CAN) 9. Elaine Topolnisky(CAN) 10. Junko Yamamoto (JPN)
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