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Meet Your global operator challenge Champion

Jaus Neigum from Canada proved himself the best of the best after taking on three tough challenges and eight other finalists at the Global Operator Challenge, held at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.

Global Operator Challenge Champion - Jaus Neigum
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Jaus Neigum takes a selfie with Mike Rowe after winning the Global Operator Challenge Finals.

Global Operator Challenge Champion - Jaus Neigum

On March 10, nine of the world’s most talented equipment operators gathered in Las Vegas for the Cat® Global Operator Challenge Finals — an epic conclusion to a competition that began with more than 10,000 entrants from 30 countries taking part in local dealer events.

In the end, it was Jaus Neigum from Canada who emerged victorious after a tough test of skill and determination. Putting his remarkable loading and trenching talents to work, he won both the Load and Carry Challenge and the Trenching Challenge. He completed all challenges with an amazingly low combined time of only 16 minutes and 28 seconds.

Following closely behind Neigum were second-place finisher Thomas Murphy from Irelandand third-place finisher Sebastian Behr from Germany. Both displayed impressive speed, accuracy and overall operating best practices over the course of this hard-fought competition — as did all the finalists.


 

 

"Getting to represent my country makes me very proud.
I hope to inspire the next generation of operators!"

-Jaus Neigum, Global Operator Challenge Champion

 


Team Champions:
Team Europe

The Global Operator Challenge Finals also included a team competition, with the three operators from Europe combining for the best overall performance. Congratulations to Bruno Grossen, Sebastian Behr and Thomas Murphy on a great team effort!

Team Champions: Team Europe

Individual challenge winners 

Each of the three challenges put the skills of the world’s best operators to the test. These three finalists deserve a round of applause for achieving the best time in an individual challenge:

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Load and Carry Challenge


Operators used a Cat wheel loader with Production Measurement technology to load and move material through specified points in a course.



WINNER:
Jaus Neigum from Canada

TIME:
3 minutes and 1 second

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Control to a Tee


Operators used a Cat mini excavator to “tee off”
a golf ball, navigate a course and place the golf ball
in the hole.



WINNER:

Thomas Murphy from Ireland

TIME:
4 minutes and 16 seconds

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Trenching Challenge


Operators dug a trench using a Cat excavator
and Grade with 2D technology.
 



WINNER:

Jaus Neigum from Canada

TIME:
6 minutes and 48 seconds

Global Operator Challenge Finals

They began with local competitions at Cat dealerships around the world. After defeating their peers at the local level, they moved on to regional competitions where they crushed even tougher challengers to break through to the final competition in Las Vegas.

Global Operator Challenge Timeline
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Global Operator Challenge Timeline

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CATERPILLAR HAS RAISED THE BAR AT CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

The Cat® Global Operator Challenge Finals are just the beginning of what you can experience at the show. Watch live machine demos every day! Operate equipment – remotely. Get a chance to see special celebrity hosts on site. 

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