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A Dazzling Finale in Pictures

The bright lights of Saint Paul set the scene for a night of dazzling drama in the season finale.

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The toughest track in history weaved and wound its way down from the Cathedral of Saint Paul, carving through a crowd of many thousands on its way.

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There were a few hairy moments even before the racing began!

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They were calling the grueling 16-foot-high step-up 'Everest', so it was only fitting that it be conquered by a flag-bearing skater wearing stars and stripes.

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The sight of athletes bursting away from the majestic cathedral was one to behold.

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A stunning view from the top of the BF Goodrich Wallride.

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These fans were perfectly positioned to capture all the drama that unfolded on the unforgiving obstacle.

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But nothing tested the athletes quite like the final 16-foot-high step-up did.

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So treacherous it turned the world upside down for many an unfortunate skater.

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Not for Naasz though, who coolly cruised through the early rounds and even added a touch of style over the fearsome jump.

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Scott Croxall was also surging through his half of the draw, and the two powerhouses were on a collision course heading into the season final.

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The heavyweight showdown didn't disappoint, with Croxall breathing down Naasz's neck the whole way down.

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But Naasz held on and won the race by mere inches, making him the first American champion in the sport's history.

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A huge crowd had witnessed the most dramatic night ever in ice cross downhill and duly went wild for their hero.

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Like two bruised boxers the pair embraced down at the finish line following 10 grueling rounds of ice cross downhill action this season.

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In the women's event Jacqueline Legere, Myriam Trepanier and Alexis Jackson were attempting to leap into history and become the new world champion.

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And it was Legere who powered to victory and capped a stunning season by taking the title.

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Double celebrations in the Twin Cities. Saint Paul bore witness to the creation of two new world champions.

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