The 2017 Beton on Fire World Cup, one of the premier events in the skating calendar, has been won by Tipbet-sponsored athlete Kilian Braun.
The Swiss athlete was backed by the online and land-based bookmaker for the duration of the tournament being held in Sochi; the ultimate aim being to skate down and navigate a bobsled track as quickly as possible, and he won with a lead of over 1.5 seconds.
Braun is mainly an Ice Cross Downhill athlete at the Red Bull Crashed Ice and has huge success in his career to date, despite only turning 30 in June. His passion for ice hockey got him involved in the sport and he trains whenever he gets the chance, given that he works as a carpenter in his home country of Switzerland.
Following his success in Russia, Braun said: “In addition to biking, ice hockey or gym, I often try to take part in events such as Beton on Fire.
“The trip to Sochi was very impressive. The fact that I won the race makes the experience all the more beautiful!”
Winning at the Beton on Fire World Cup rightly brings with it adulation, but the high-speed concrete track means that a victorious run is not without risks.
“In part, you are pushed over the 3G with the curves. Falling is a no-go,” he said.
“If you hit almost 90 km/h in a latex-like ski suit on the concrete, it is not so pleasant.”
Indeed, the champion has previously broken his shoulder racing in the last Red Bull Crashed Ice season, though it did not stop him claiming first place at the Beton on Fire.
Before the next Crashed Iced season begins, Braun is taking part in the Riders Cup in Austria, and is confident of further success.
“I am really hot on the race in Finland! This track is my favourite and I know there is something in it. I am also looking forward to the cool people! My best Crashed Ice mate is also Finnish.”
More information on Kilian’s fantastic victory in Sochi, including a video of his success, can be viewed here.