ALVES BECOMES RICHEST WESTERN SPORTS ATHLETE WITH THIRD PBR WORLD TITLE
LAS VEGAS (October 27, 2014) – Silvano Alves became the second rider in Professional Bull Riders history to win a third world title Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center after being named the 2014 PBR World Champion. His World Finals earnings of $1.3 million, added to his 2014 Built Ford Tough Series regular-season winnings, moved him past two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride as the richest western sports athlete in history.
The 26-year-old from Pilar do Sul, Brazil, went 6-for-6 at the Built Ford Tough World Finals for the first time in his career to win the event with 502 points, and earn enough points to surpass Joao Ricardo Vieira for the title. Alves sat second in the standings entering the World Finals, trailing Vieira by 511 points. After five days of fighting his way to the top, he earned his third World Championship. He also won titles in 2011 and 2012.
“It really means a lot to me this year,” Alves said, “because at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t riding that great. Thankfully, I was able to stay healthy and come from behind. It means a lot for me to win this Championship again.” Read Full Article