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ON DETAIL: JASNA LALIC / SONJA PAPES

“The thing that most scares me, is that I would not be able to finish X-Pyr”

Pilot: Jasna Lalic
Nationality: Croatian
Birth Date: 23.11.1980
City: Zagreb
Country: Croatia
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
Nationality: Croatian
Birth Date:05.02.1976
City: Zagreb
Country: Croatia

INTERVIEW

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. :)