Kinga Masztalerz - From rookie to veteran

Why Kinga Mastalerz is determined to come back a second time and put her experience from 2019 to the test.

Kinga Masztalerz (NZL2) seen during the Red Bull X-Alps preparations in Wagrain, Austria on June 11, 2019 © zooom / Vitek Ludvik

Putting in an application isn't an obvious decision for the 34-year-old athlete Kinga Mastalerz (NZL2). For a long time after the 2019 race she suffered from the post-race comedown. "I was really exhausted, physically and mentally," she says.

Listless, she was unable to find a new goal to fill the void. "I'd been so focused that I couldn't think about what to do next. It was only when I re-connected with flying that I saw how much it gave me. I started flying more committedly and self-confidently. Suddenly, all those things I learned from the other athletes and the race came together. Something just switched. I was choosing good lines, it was like I'd jumped on a different level - I just became a better pilot and it was pure pleasure."

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