Kim Müller is addicted to Ice Cross Downhill, and his third place in the last Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Munich followed previous runs in Davos, Switzerland, in 2008 and '09.
“It was the best track I’ve ever seen," says Müller. "I liked the curves, the jumps and the speed of the whole track.”
And the 22-year-old, who's an engineer when he's not hurtling down ice tracks, reveals that he didn't prepare much for the event.
“I just had some training on ice and I went jogging,” he says.
As it was his third time, he already knew how it would feel like to skate down the track at Munich, but that didn't stop it from being every bit as exciting, or indeed nerve-racking.
“I felt nervous in the semi-final," Kim says. "I’ve never thought I'd make it into the final.”
Now that he's been cleared to go to Québec, the Swiss skater knows that he has to practise certain aspects and alter his preparations if he wants to better his third place in Munich and win the next event on March 20.
“I am going to practise the start,” Kim says, before adding: “I was thinking about better equipment, maybe some different pants [ie leggings], like for inline [skating].”
Unsurprisingly, as such an avid Ice Cross fan, and with the support of his friends and family, Kim is looking forward to Québec and the possible expansion of Red Bull Crashed Ice in the future.
“I hope that the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship becomes bigger and that there will be more events during the year!”