The record-breaker: Mike Küng

Küng, a well-known acro pilot, is perfectly experienced for the Red Bull X-Alps. He's set an altitude record, paragliding from 10,100m and is also a veteran of many Himalayan expeditions, once surviving an avalanche on Manaslu. He says the race is 'a gladiatorial event like no other'.

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