red bull x alps 23 athlete ITA3 nicola donini


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  • Nationality: Italy
  • Date of birth: 27 June 1996
  • Profession: Test pilot and professional paragliding pilot
  • Supporter: Fiorenzo Graziano
  • Glider: Nova Xenon
  • Harness: Nova Artus Race
  • Sponsors: Dolomiti Paganella, Nova Paragliders, Bliz - Italy, Alpstation Andalo


How many years have you been paragliding?15 years, I started when I was 11 years old

How many hours a year are you flying?More or less 300 hours per year

List your paragliding achievements, both competitions and personal adventuresSuperfinal World Cup 2018 - 2nd place, Italian Champion - 2013 and 2016 Acro Italian Champion - 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019, Hike and Fly Salewa Trophy 2022 - 1st place, Dolomiti Super Fly 2022 - 8th place, Dolomiti Super Fly 2020 - 13th place, Hike and Fly Dubai - 8th place, IronFly 2018

What other adventures have you done, either races or personal projects?Red Bull X-Alps 2021 and other similar races like Dolomiti Super Fly and some bivac adventures around Dolomites.

Who makes the perfect supporter?Physioterapist with experience in weather and with a lot of knowledge in XC flights to help me plan strategically. This is impossible to do alone, my team consists of different friends with different tasks.

Why do you want to do the race again?Because the last time I didn't finish it and I want to prove to myself that I can make it to the goal this time. This is the best adventure race ever and a special adventure to share with the team and with my friends/fans at home.

Entry is never guaranteed (unless you made the podium or goal). Why should you be in the race again?I learned a lot from the last edition and it changed me a lot as a person, for sure this time I will have more experience and I will know exactly what to expect.

Were you happy with your last performance?Yes and no. For sure the crash didn't help, we made many strategic mistakes in the first days, but we didn't give up and we have tried to remedy our mistakes. So yes, I have good memories but the result could have been better.

What will you do differently this time around?Better pre-race preparation, learn from previous mistakes, take part with same but improved team.

What do you enjoy about the race?The emotions, the adventure, pushing my body to the limit, the flights.

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