ON DETAIL: JASNA LALIC / SONJA PAPES
|Pilot: Jasna Lalic
Birth Date: 23.11.1980
Job: scientist; biologist (postdoctoral researcher in molecular genetics)
Web: X-Pyr Croatian Team
Glider: NIVIUK Peak 3
Harness: OZONE Ozium
Helmet: LAZER Jet-Stream
Sponsors: Paragliding Club Zagreb
|Assistant: Sonja Papes
What is your greatest sporting success?
To enjoy everything I do.
When and why did you start paragliding?
In 2003; a friend of mine was telling me about paragliding with a smile and a special shine in his eyes… Later on I did a tandem flight and that was it: the most beautiful feeling ever!
What is your mountaineering experience?
Hiked all the mountains in Croatia, Valencia and Catalonia (Spain); some more in Slovenia and other parts of the Pyrenees. I climb, ride mountain-bike, do vias ferrata and cannyoning.
What does your typical training week consist of?
I run every day 8-10km and during the weekend I either hike with ballast or fly (weather permitting).
What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Fortunately, I had many, many beautiful flights and mountain experiences.
The worst thing is hearing that your flying colleague passed away.
Why does the X-Pyr interest you?
Because I wanted to do a bivouac-flight route, but was afraid to do it alone. X-Pyr is a great opportunity.
Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, I had that pleasure.
What will your strategy be during the race?
Don’t walk, fly. 😉 Just joking; the strategy depends upon the weather conditions.
What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The landscape scenery when flying in Pyrenees.
What scares you the most about the event?
That I would not be able to finish it.
Why will she make a good assistant?
Actually she offered to be my assistant and I was delighted.