POL Dominika Kasieczko

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  • Nationality: Poland
  • Date of birth: 04 December 1985
  • Profession: paragliding guide pilot, architect
  • Supporter: Kuba Poburka
  • Glider: Not yet decided
  • Sponsors: Ozone Poland, Execon ITS

When and why did you begin paragliding?In 2007 and competitively in 2012. I found a sport for me. It is very elusive and so addictive..

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.Yes, I am Female Polish Paragliding Champion 2017, a member of Polish National Paragliding Team 2018. I've been participating in XVth FAI European Championships 2018. I was 14th in Polish Nationals 2018 in Polish Cat. and 23th Overall. I fly PWC events sometimes.

What is your mountaineering experience?Before I started paragliding I used to spend every free moment in mountains - hiking or ski-mounaineering. I hiked Elbrus, Mt. Blanc, The Tatra Mountains are my home.

What is your paragliding experience?I have approximately 850 flight hours - mainly in Tatra Mountains, The Alps, India, Nepal, Colombia, Balkans. I am organising my own xc seminars and I am very proud of my female xc seminars, first of this type in Poland. I fly xc when not guiding or competing. Best flight 156 FAI triangle in 6 hours with my Zeno.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?I participated in the hike & fly event Salewa Ironfly 2018 as the only girl in the race. Our team finished 15th. It was the best adventure I ever passed through. I was a supporter of Michal Gierlach Team POL in The Red Bull X-Alps 2017. I am former ski mountaineering athlete. In 2009, 2010, 2011 I've been competing in this sport discipline.

What does your typical training week consist of?Running and speed hiking, workout, some yoga, ski touring in winter, long hikes once a week if possible.

What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?Best adventure moment was flying above Lago Maggiore during Salewa Ironfly 2018 - that was crucial moment for the entire race. I did it in the last moment before overdevelopment and the next day was rainy. Hiking around was not an option. Worst moment this year was landing between two thunderstorms, there were a few kilometers away but there was such a mess in the air that I was quite nervous.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?Salewa Ironfly 2018, it was more than competition, this was a real adventure for a whole team. I am quite happy with my result in this year's Polish Nationals. Finally, I am proud of my xc students personal bests, this is so much pure joy each time.

When and how did you first hear about Red Bull X-Alps?In 2008. I was in St Hilaire. I was going to buy my first set of paragliding gear and the harness was named after Red Bull X-Alps.

Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?No.

What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?The challange, the adventure and the legend.

What will be your strategy during the race?Effective use of flying conditions, trying to be in the righ place in the right moment, good meteo, teamwork, motivation maintenance, paying attention to details.

Why do you think you will make it to the finish?Because I will do my best.

What scares you the most about the event?Difficult flying conditions.

Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?No, but I did a shorter race - Salewa Ironfly 2018.

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