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Toma Coconea

Red Bull X-Alps 2013 athlete Toma Coconea

Athlete

  • Nationality: Romania
  • Date of birth: 05. May. 1975
  • City: Petrosani
  • Country: Romania
  • Profession: Flight instructor
  • Personal Website: www.tomicoconea.com
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  • Glider make and model: UP Trango Xlight 2
  • Helmet make and model: Plusmax PlusAir X-Alps
  • Harness make and model: Supair Delight 2
  • Sponsors: GoPro (www.xtremvideo.ro), Dinamic92 (www.dinamic92.ro), INOV-8 (www.inov-8.com), www.runningshop.ro, www.gravity.ro, Red Bull Romania, Suunto Romania, PokerStars (www.pokerstars.com), Rexona (www.rexona.ro)
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Assistant

  • Name: Daniel Pisica
  • Nationality: Romania
  • Date of birth: 22. Aug. 1974
  • City: Bucuresti
  • Country: Romania

Second assistant

  • Name: Adrian Miclea
  • Nationality: Romania
  • Date of birth: 15. Jul. 1974
  • City: Brasov
  • Country: Romania
  • When and why did you begin paragliding?
    I started paragliding in 1991. An inside feeling told me to do it.
  • Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
    Yes, at all Red Bull X-Alps editions, at national and international competitions like PWC and Dolomiteman. Two times second place at Red Bull X-Alps and more times first place at Romanian Open.
  • What is your mountaineering experience?
    Exploring all major cliffs of the Alps, Kilimanjaro, Carpathian mountains etc.
  • What is your paragliding experience?
    I started paragliding in 1991. Since 1994 I participate at competitions and since 1999 I am Flight Instructor.
  • What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
    I participate at mountain marathons and endurance sport and I cross-country ski.
  • What does your typical training week consist of?
    For me each day is a training day. If the weather allows it, I do cross country flights and a minimum of 25km of running each day.
  • What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
    My best ones are crossing the Alps in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. The worst one was in 1999, when a couple of medics scared me to death about losing my left leg after an accident with my paraglider.
  • What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
    Landing at Monaco
  • When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    I heard about this competition from the very beginning. A good friend of mine told me.
  • Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
    Yes, at all editions.
  • What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    The adventure
  • What will be your strategy during the race?
    Flying much, much more than in the previous editions and being prepared logistically.
  • On average, over a third of the Red Bull X-Alps participants fail to finish the event. Why do you think you will make it?
    Just to reach the finish is a great achievement, on the podium or not, but of course my wish is to be the first.
  • What scares you the most about the event?
    Nothing
  • Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
    Yes