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  • Nationality: Romania
  • Date of birth: 05 May 1975
  • Profession: Pilot instructor, Mountain rescue
  • Supporter: Pochiu Adrian
  • Glider: ADVANCE Omega X-Alps
  • Sponsors: waiting

When and why did you begin paragliding?I started in 1991, I was a mountain adventurer and by chance a group of French people came with equipment to fly in my place, there I saw paragliding for the first time, it fascinated me.

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.Yes, multiple national champion, participant in all X-Alps Editions with two-time second place, participant in X-Pyr with one-time third place and also some competitions in PWC.

What is your mountaineering experience?I explored the Carpathians, the Pyrenees, Alps, the Himalayas, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, etc. At home I am part of mountain rescue.

What is your paragliding experience?I have been flying for 30 years since 1991, and I gather many hours of flying every year.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?Participation in many mountain runs and marathons, ultramarathons and hike & fly competitions.

What does your typical training week consist of?I live in a mountainous area at 1500 m, I leave the house and do many bivouac flights, I do mountain orienteering, recoveries and running, the average is at least 15 km/day, in winter a lot of ski touring.

What are your best and worst adventure / flying moments?Best moments: The end of the race at Monte Carlo. Bad moments: My incident from the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps race.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?The two positions on the podium and my distinction of X-Alps Man in 2007.

Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?Yes, all editions.

What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?Spirit, adventure and competition.

What will be your strategy during the race?I want to take advantage of every flight condition and have a race as technical as possible.

Why do you think you will make it to the finish?Because I really want the 10th edition to be landing on the mattress in Monaco

What scares you the most about the event?Nothing.

Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?Yes.

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