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- Nationality: Austria
- Date of birth: 25 December 1983
- Profession: Pro X-Alps Enthusiast
- Supporter: Werner Strittl
- Glider: Skywalk X-Alps
- Sponsors: Red Bull, Salewa, Suunto, Skywalk Paragliders, Wagrain-Kleinarl
When and why did you begin paragliding?I began paragliding in 2006 because of a good friend of mine who was already flying and told me about Red Bull X-Alps. I knew that this is a race I want to take part in!
Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.I took part in the Red Bull X-Alps since 2011 and since than have reached 3rd place 4 times. Besides that, I take part in various hike & fly and cross-country paragliding competitions.
What is your mountaineering experience?I have climbed various high mountains around the world, including Mustagh Ata in China, Aconcagua in Argentina, and a long list of summits in the Alps.
What is your paragliding experience?My paragliding experience consists of flying in sites all around the world and especially all over the Alps.
What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?I started my sports career when I was 13 years old by competing in mountain bike races. After switching to mountaineering and paragliding I have taken part in many long hike & fly competitions including five Red Bull X-Alps participations.
What does your typical training week consist of?My training week consists of paragliding whenever the weather allows and endurance training at least 5 times a week.
What are your best and worst adventure / flying moments?The best flying moments usually come from unexpected conditions, like if you are just planning to fly down a mountain and then manage to fly cross-country. I have experienced one of these magical flights just recently when I was doing a two-week Hike&Fly solo adventure around Salzburg in Austria. On the last day, the wind was strong and rain was coming in, so I expected a short morning flight, but then made it across a big mountain range at 8 in the morning by flying 30 km. My worst experiences come from seeing crashes and people getting hurt really bad.
What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?I have taken part in the Red Bull X-Alps 5 times and always managed to stay in the race until the end, getting to see the sea whenever I took part! This makes me proud! Red Bull X-Alps is all about not giving up.
Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?...every second year since 2011.
What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?It's the ultimate adventure race challenge!
What will be your strategy during the race?I'll try to give the best I can, starting during preparation until celebrating what ever we have achieved with my team at the end of the race! We'll have fun once again and enjoy the feeling of racing into a little bit of unknown, although we try to eliminate it as much as possible!
Why do you think you will make it to the finish?Because I know I can!
What scares you the most about the event?To be well prepared and then not being able to take part because of something unforeseeable just before the start.
Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?Yes.