Cameron Naasz won the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship stop in Quebec City
North American riders dominated at the 2015/16 ice cross downhill season opener in Quebec City, sweeping the podiums in the men's and women's. The USA's Cameron Naasz powered to the men's victory, while Canada's Myriam Trepanier clinched gold in the women's event.
On a crisp, clear Canadian evening, the holiday lights seemed to shine in celebration of the landmark tenth anniversary of Red Bull Crashed Ice in Quebec City, and North American riders gave the packed house of fans lining the 460-meter-long track plenty to cheer about. In the opener to the biggest season in ice cross downhill – where athletes race in four-person heats at speeds reaching 50 km/h (31 mph) on ice tracks loaded with jumps, drops and turns – Cameron Naasz of the USA confidently claimed the top of the men's podium, with Canadians Dean Moriarity and Scott Croxall in second and third. Kicking off the fight for the women's World Championship, Canadians swept the medals with Quebec's own Myriam Trepanier earning first, Maxie Plante second, and Elaine Topolnisky rounding out the podium.
In the team competition on Friday night, the 2015 World Champions Living the Dream, which includes not only Naasz and Croxall but also Adam Horst, extended their winning streak to three events in defeating a tough challenge from an American entry, Team UNRL, in second. Another team of athletes from Canada and the USA, Team Steal17, was third to complete another all-North American podium.